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Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Neglect: A Guide for Prevention, Assessment,
and Intervention

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2006

As part of the Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series, Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers, builds on A Coordinated Response to Child Abuse and Neglect: The Foundation for Practice. This manual provides fundamental information that CPS professionals must know in order to perform essential casework functions. It covers the definition of neglect, causes, impact, and prevention and intervention strategies in detail. While reiterating some of the most important points of earlier manuals, this manual addresses the following topics:

  • Definition and scope of neglect;
  • Impact of neglect;
  • Risk and protective factors;
  • Assessment of child neglect; and
  • Child neglect prevention and intervention.

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Child Neglect