The Role of Professional Child Care Providers in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau. Karageorge, Kathy, Kendall, Rosemary|
|Year Published: 2008|
Each day, the safety and well-being of some children across the Nation are threatened by child abuse and neglect. Intervening effectively in the lives of these children and their families is not the responsibility of any single agency or professional group, but rather is a shared community concern and responsibility.
The Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series has provided guidance on child protection to hundreds of thousands of multidisciplinary professionals and concerned community members since the late 1970s. The User Manual Series provides a foundation for understanding child maltreatment and the roles and responsibilities of various practitioners in its prevention, identification, investigation, assessment, and treatment. Through the years, the manuals have served as valuable resources for building knowledge, promoting effective practices, and enhancing community collaboration.
Since the last update of the User Manual Series in the early 1990s, a number of changes have occurred that dramatically affect each community's response to child maltreatment. The changing landscape reflects increased recognition of the complexity of issues facing parents and their children, new legislation, practice innovations, and system reform efforts, as well as increased knowledge of the importance of prevention and early intervention of maltreatment, especially in early brain development and attachment. Significant advances in research have helped shape new directions for interventions, while ongoing evaluations help to explain "what works."
The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect within the Children's Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has developed this third edition of the User Manual Series to reflect increased knowledge and the evolving state of practice. The updated and new manuals are comprehensive in scope while succinct in presentation and easy to follow, and they address trends and concerns relevant to today's professional.
This manual, The Role of Professional Child Care Providers in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect, provides information on the roles and responsibilities of child care providers in preventing, recognizing, and reporting child abuse and neglect within and outside early childhood programs. The manual presents an overview of prevention efforts, reporting laws, caring for maltreated children, and ways to support parents and professionals who work with families. The primary audience for this manual includes early childhood professionals in a variety of settings, including private and public child care centers, Head Start programs, preschools, nursery schools, and family child care homes. It also includes early childhood instructors, home visitors, parent educators, program administrators, and trainers. In addition, other professionals and concerned community members may consult the manual for a greater understanding of child abuse and neglect.
The Role of Professional Child Care Providers in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect builds on the information presented in A Coordinated Response to Child Abuse and Neglect: The Foundation for Practice. Readers are encouraged to consult that manual as it provides a more in-depth understanding of what constitutes child abuse and neglect, its underlying causes, and how the child protection system works.
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