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NCJ Number: 200115 Find in a Library
Title: Guidelines for Building Partnerships to Protect Our Children: Follow-Up to the IACP Child Protection Summit
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America

Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
United States of America

National Children's Alliance (NCA)
United States of America
Date Published: March 2003
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Children's Alliance (NCA)
Washington, DC 20006
Sale Source: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide presents recommendations from the International Association of Chiefs of Police 2001 Summit on how to protect children by reducing the incident of, and responding effectively to, child abuse and neglect.
Abstract: During the 2-day summit, which drew over 120 participants, 57 recommendations were made that comprise a comprehensive approach to child protection. The recommendations provide concrete suggestions for child welfare workers, law enforcement officers, and other community leaders. The consensus of the summit was that multi-disciplinary teams need to be assembled in communities throughout the Nation, which will respond to the problem of child abuse and neglect with integrated, cross-discipline programs and community-based strategies. The guidelines that emerged offer guidance in two main areas: (1) how to build professional partnerships to respond to child abuse and neglect, and (2) how to build community partnerships to prevent child abuse and neglect. Nine steps were identified as crucial for building and sustaining effective partnerships with professional agencies. These steps include agreeing on a mission statement, goals, and objectives, and designing a multi-disciplinary response model. The guide offers clear guidance on how to accomplish each of the nine steps. Next, guidance is offered on how to build and sustain community partnerships that will help to prevent the occurrence of child abuse and neglect. Five suggestions are presented that include promoting accurate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect and promoting legislative advocacy. Finally, the guide presents a list of selected resources that will assist the reader in learning more about child abuse and neglect. The main goal of the guide is to promote a pro-active, holistic, and community-wide response to the social problem of child abuse and neglect.
Main Term(s): Child abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child abuse prevention; Child abuse reporting; Child abuse treatment; Interagency cooperation; Police-social worker cooperation
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