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Differential Response to Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect
Provides an overview of differential response (DR) in the United States and highlights lessons learned through research and implementation experiences. A growing number of child welfare agencies are employing DR in an effort to respond more flexibly to child abuse and neglect reports and to better meet individual family needs. In these systems, families with screened-in child maltreatment reports may receive either a traditional investigation or an alternative assessment response, depending on the type of allegation and other considerations.
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2014). Differential response to reports of child abuse and neglect. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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