Since the last update of the Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series in the early 1990s, a number of changes have occurred that dramatically affect the response to child maltreatment, including advances in research, practice, and policy. This third edition of the User Manual Series reflects the increased knowledge and the evolving state of practice and address trends and concerns relevant to today's professionals.
This manual provides detailed information on neglect, including its definition, causes, impact, assessment, prevention and intervention strategies, and more.
This manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child care providers in preventing, recognizing, reporting, and responding to child abuse and neglect within and outside early childhood programs and child care settings. It also presents an overview of prevention efforts, reporting laws, and the ways child care providers can care for and support maltreated children and their families.
This manual provides the foundation for effective supervisory practice in child protective services (CPS). It outlines the roles and responsibilities of the CPS supervisor and provides practice-oriented advice on how to effectively carry out supervisory responsibilities, with a focus on best practices and critical issues in supervisory practice.
This provides an overview of the judicial processes that relate to child abuse and neglect cases. It introduces concepts and terminology associated with the courts, describes the key court processes, and presents practical information to help child protective services caseworkers and other nonlegal professionals prepare for court litigation.
Research shows that children exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk of being abused or neglected. This manual discusses the intersection of child maltreatment and domestic violence with a focus on child protection practice.
This manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers. It describes the purposes, key decisions, and issues of each stage of the CPS process and strategies for casework supervision, training, and support.
This manual discusses the importance of using a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to serving children and families. It also outlines the benefits of diverse community partnerships, the steps necessary to establish and sustain these cooperative partnerships, and ways in which child protective services can adapt their practices to engage and encourage community involvement in child protection.
This manual provides child protective services workers and other child welfare and related professionals with an overview of child maltreatment, including the definition, scope, causes, and consequences of child abuse and neglect. It also briefly discusses prevention efforts and the child protection process, from identification and reporting through investigation, assessment, service provision, and case closure.
In recognition of the important role fathers play in the welfare and development of their children, this manual builds on the information presented in earlier user manuals in this series as it relates specifically to fathers. It was written to help child protective services caseworkers work effectively with, support, and strengthen the role of fathers in their children's lives.
This manual examines parental substance use disorders, their impact on children, and how child welfare and related professionals can best serve and support families affected by substance use disorders. It also highlights the importance of collaboration between child protective services caseworkers and alcohol and drug abuse treatment providers in the examination, screening, assessment, and treatment of substance use disorders.
This manual examines the roles that teachers, school counselors, school social workers, school nurses, special education professionals, administrators, and other school personnel have in helping maltreated children, including recognizing, reporting, and preventing child abuse and neglect.
This manual, written for first-response professionals, such as emergency medical technicians, child protective services caseworkers, and law enforcement officers, discusses the various types and signs of child maltreatment they may encounter in their work, what they and their agencies can do to respond to suspected child maltreatment in emergencies and disasters, and how to prepare for such situations.