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Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers
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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Purpose and Overview
Chapter 2: Child Protective Services Practice
Chapter 3: Legal Context of CPS Intervention
Chapter 4: Engaging and Working With Children and Families
Chapter 5: Reporting and Intake
Chapter 6: Initial Assessment or Investigation
Chapter 7: Comprehensive Family Assessment
Chapter 8: Development of the Family Plan
Chapter 9: Change Strategies and Interventions
Chapter 10: Evaluation of Change
Chapter 11: Closure and Ending CPS Involvement
Chapter 12: Effective Documentation
Chapter 13: Supervision
Chapter 14: Caseworker Wellness and Safety
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Resource Listings of Selected Organizations Concerned With Child Maltreatment
Appendix C: State Directory of Where to Report Suspected Child Maltreatment
Appendix D: Examples of CPS Core Competencies
Appendix E: Major Provisions of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization Act of 2010
Appendix F: Content of an Intake Report
Appendix G: Assessment Instruments
Appendix H: Examples of Change Strategies and Outcomes
Appendix I: Chapter 10 – Alternative Case Scenarios for the Smith Family
Suggested Citation: Capacity Building Center for States. (2018). Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers. Washington, DC: Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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