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The Role of Law Enforcement in Child Maltreatment Investigation: A Case Study in Florida (Roundtable 1)
This Roundtable discussion, which addresses issues of law enforcement involvement in child maltreatment investigations, reports the results of a study designed to evaluate process and outcome in three Florida counties that had shifted responsibilities of child maltreatment to the Sheriff's Office. The evaluation addressed three questions primarily: whether children are safer; whether perpetrators of severe child abuse are more likely to face criminal sanctions; and whether there are impacts on other parts of the child welfare system as a result of the law enforcement intervention. Findings indicate mixed results from the intervention.
Susan C. Kinnevy, Ph.D.
Richard J. Gelles, Ph.D.
Center for the Study of Youth Policy
University of Pennsylvania
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