Decision-Making in Investigations
Child protective services investigators must make decisions about whether abuse or neglect occurred and whether children should be removed from their homes for their safety.
The Contribution of Decision Theory to Promoting Child Safety
Baird & Rycus
APSAC Advisor,16-17(4), 2005
How the principles and tenets of decision theory can be applied to produce standardized tools and protocols for child welfare decision-making.
Creating and Field-Testing Child Maltreatment Definitions: Improving the Reliability of Substantiation Determinations
Slep & Heyman
Child Maltreatment, 11(3), 2006
Suggests that reliable determinations of substantiated child maltreatment can be achieved when caseworkers use standardized definitions and decision-making processes.
Decision Making in Child Welfare
University of California - Berkeley School of Social Welfare
Children and Youth Services Review: An International Multidisciplinary Review of the Welfare of Young People, 27(4), 2005
A special issue featuring six articles that address errors in the decision-making process, including how they are made, criteria used to make the error, the kinds of errors that occur at decision points, and outcomes.
|Decision-Making in Unsubstantiated Child Protective Services Cases: Synthesis of Recent Research|
|Series Title:||Grantee Lessons Learned|
|Author(s):||Children's Bureau (DHHS)
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|Year Published:||2003 - 14 pages|
|This paper synthesizes the findings of three Children's Bureau funded research grants on unsubstantiated child protective services (CPS) cases. It specifically addresses the case, decision-maker, organizational, and external factors that influence the decision to substantiate or unsubstantiate a CPS referral and how that decision impacts outcomes for children. Researchers' suggestions for practical implications and future research also are presented. 1 table, 1 figure.|
An Expert Review of Curriculum in Support of Practice and Decision Making During Investigation (PDF - 33 KB)
ACTION for Child Protection (2007)
Presents the results of a review of the Alaska Office of Children's Services (OCS) training curriculum for new employees to evaluate the extent to which staff development and competency building contribute to effective practice and decision-making associated with safety intervention and investigation and makes recommendations for improvement.
An Expert Review of Policy that Regulates Practice and Decision Making During Investigation (PDF - 44 KB)
ACTION for Child Protection (2007)
Examines eight areas of Alaska's policies on child protective services intervention to determine the quality of the policies' framework and organization as well as their ability to direct practice and decision-making effectively.
Factors That Predict the Decision to Place a Child: Case Record Data (PDF - 169 KB)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work (2000)
Results from a study examining the factors involved in foster care placement.
How Do Caseworker Judgments Predict Substantiation of Child Maltreatment?
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (ACF) (2007)
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This research brief uses data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being to examine how caseworker decision-making influences the substantiation process.
Improved Decision Making in Child Maltreatment Cases (PDF - 268 KB)
Freitag & Wordes
Journal of the Center for Families, Children and the Courts, 3, 2001
Includes principles and elements of the structured decision-making system model developed by the Children's Research Center of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, tools for each decision point, and a sample evaluation.
Information Gathering: The Challenge in Safety Decision Making (PDF - 59 KB)
ACTION for Child Protection (2006)
Begins a series covering some essentials of effective information gathering: use of self, approach, deliberate information gathering, and guided conversations.