The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster Situations
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau. Cage, Richard., Salus, Marsha K.|
|Year Published: 2010|
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.
Since the late 1970s, 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. The User Manual Series offers a foundation for understanding child maltreatment and the roles and responsibilities of various practitioners in its prevention, identification, investigation, 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 children and families, new legislation, practice innovations, and systems reform efforts. Significant advances in research have helped shape new directions for interventions, while ongoing evaluations help determine "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 the increased knowledge and the evolving state of practice on child protection. The updated and new manuals are comprehensive in scope while also succinct in presentation and easy to follow, and they address trends and concerns relevant to today's professional.
This manual, The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster Situations, is for those professionals who have the primary responsibility for the initial on-scene response to situations in which child abuse or neglect may have occurred, even when the initial call may be for another situation, such as domestic violence or a drug offense. In most jurisdictions, emergency medical technicians, child protective services caseworkers, and law enforcement officers generally are considered the first responders for child maltreatment cases. This manual is designed to be a practical guide to help those in the field and includes step-by-step guidelines for investigating possible child maltreatment. The manual also provides information for first responders when responding to cases of possible child maltreatment in disaster situations, including how first responders and their agencies can prepare for disaster situations. While this manual will be useful to all first responders, some portions may be more relevant to particular types of first responders.
The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster Situations builds upon the information presented in A Coordinated Response to Child Abuse and Neglect: The Foundation for Practice. Readers are encouraged to read that manual as it provides an understanding of what constitutes child maltreatment, its underlying causes, and how the child protection system works. Other manuals in the series that also may be of help are Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers and Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence.
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