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Child Neglect: A Guide for Prevention, Assessment and Intervention
Child protective services (CPS), a division within state and local social service agencies, is at the center of every communities' child protection efforts. In most jurisdictions, CPS is the agency mandated by law to conduct an initial assessment or investigation of reports of child abuse or neglect. CPS does not work alone. Many community professionals -- including law enforcement officers, health care providers, mental health professionals, educators, legal and court system personnel, and substitute care providers -- are involved in efforts to prevent, identify, investigate and treat child abuse and neglect. In addition, community and faith-based organizations, substance abuse treatment facilities, advocates for victims of domestic violence, extended family members, and concerned citizens play important roles in supporting families and in keeping children safe from harm. Typically, CPS is the lead agency in coordinating the efforts of the various disciplines working to protect children and to educate the community about the problems of child abuse and neglect.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Purpose and Overview
Chapter 2 Definition and Scope of Neglect
Chapter 3 Impact of Neglect
Chapter 4 Risk and Protective Factors.
Chapter 5 Assessment of Child Neglect
Chapter 6 Child Neglect Prevention and Intervention
Appendix A Glossary of Terms
Appendix B Resource Listings of Selected National Organizations Concerned with Child Maltreatment
Appendix C State Telephone Numbers for reporting Child Abuse
Appendix D Neglect and the Child and Family Services reviews
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2006). Child neglect: A guide for prevention, assessment and intervention. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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