Resources in this section help child welfare professionals respond to suspected child abuse and neglect, assess the needs of families, and protect children's safety. They include information on reporting suspected child abuse and neglect; intake, investigation, and assessment of reports; addressing trauma; and collaborative responses.
Policies and frequently asked questions.
Systems to receive and respond to reports of suspected child abuse and neglect, including mandated reporting.
Screening & assessment in child protection
Screening and investigating reports, assessing safety and risk, and responding to types of neglect and abuse.
Differential response in child protective services
Also called differential responses, multitrack responses, and dual-track responses, resources include examples of current State programs.
Child protection casework practice
Decision-making, safety planning, and casework practice to work with families and perpetrators. Includes evidence-based programs.
Responding to child fatalities & near fatalities
Investigating and responding in cases of possible child maltreatment deaths, including resources on child death review teams.
Trauma informed practice
Building trauma-informed systems, assessing and treating traumatized children and families, resources for caseworkers and families, secondary trauma, and training.
Collaborative responses to child abuse & neglect
Resources and information about collaboration among public child welfare and other human service agencies, such as law enforcement, courts, and medical professionals.