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NCJ Number: 200970 Find in a Library
Title: Strategies for Cultural Competency in the Child Abuse and Neglect Field (From Child Abuse and Neglect: Guidelines for Identification, Assessment, and Case Management, P 215-218, 2003, Marilyn Strachan Peterson and Michael Durfee, eds. -- See NCJ-200932)
Author(s): Rachel Garcia Guerrero LCSW
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Volcano Press, Inc
Volcano, CA 95689
Sale Source: Volcano Press, Inc
P.O. Box 270
Volcano, CA 95689
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material; Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Given that California demographics show the State to be one of the most culturally diverse in the country, this chapter focuses on what California State agencies must do to tailor child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention efforts to the various racial and ethnic groups represented in the State's population.
Abstract: Systems of care for families and children must have a positive attitude toward the presence and participation of persons from various racial and ethnic groups, cultures, and heritages. Further, individual professionals and agencies must engage in personal and/or system assessment to identify current cultural perceptions. There must also be an understanding and consciousness of the influence of cross-cultural interaction in the delivery of services. Service agencies must support the expansion of cultural knowledge, thereby accurately interpreting cultural-specific behavior, norms, and values. Institutional materials, presentations, and protocols must be culturally adapted to targeted audiences and be continually assessed for cultural appropriateness. This chapter presents 11 steps that should be performed by an agency in moving toward and improving its cultural competency. The steps involve organizational leadership committed to cultural competence, an overall organizational plan to move the agency toward greater cultural competence, regular assessments of the cultural competence and performance of the organization, and engagement with cultural consultants and community ethnic/cultural organizations for the purpose of expanding the agency's cultural knowledge. Finally, there should be a plan to evaluate cultural-competency efforts and monitor changes. A relevant case vignette with follow-up questions is presented. 1 table and 5 selected readings
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): California; Child abuse; Child abuse situation remedies; Child protection services; Cultural influences; Ethnic groups; Family intervention programs; Parent-Child Relations
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