Throughout the life of case, child protection workers may have to evaluate or make decisions related to risk, safety, case opening, substantiation, removal, and return. Resources include State and local examples.
Assessing Risk Throughout the Life of a Child Welfare Case
Rycus & Hughes (2008)
In Child Welfare Research: Advances for Practice and Policy
Outlines decision-making areas in child protective services, risk assessments, and strategies and tools that help reduce risk and promote child safety.
Decision Making in Child Protection and Child Welfare: Some Considerations for Information Technology (PDF - 15,829 KB)
CW360°: A Comprehensive Look at a Prevalent Child Welfare Issue
Reviews child welfare databases, including the State Automated Child Welfare Information Systems, and discusses the development of decision support systems technology.
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, such as use of self, approach, deliberate information gathering, and guided conversations. This first article in the series focuses on how workers can use themselves as effective information-gathering tools.
A Procedure for Assessing Parents' Capacity for Change in Child Protection Cases (PDF - 135 KB)
Children and Youth Services Review, 29(9), 2007
Discusses the limits of cross-sectional assessments and presents a detailed description of the capacity-to-change procedure as well as discussion of related professional issues.
Reflections on the State of Consensus-Based Decision Making in Child Welfare
Family Court Review, 47(1), 2009
Provides a discussion from a series of surveys and interviews about challenges workers face with regard to decision-making meetings in child welfare.
Supervisors as Safety Decision Makers (PDF - 97 KB)
Action for Child Protection (2008)
Highlights a project funded by four States to develop a rigorous competency-building program that focuses on safety intervention concepts and the importance of supervisor competency in safety.
Evaluating and Implementing a Supported Decision-Making Approach to Child Welfare Practice: Early Indicators of Success (PDF - 1,833 KB)
Reaching Out, Fall, 12-14, 2011
Discusses the evaluation of the Signs of Safety supported decision-making approach being implemented in 14 child welfare jurisdictions in California, inclass training on supported decision-making, the impact of coaching, and the impact of the supported decision-making practitioner approach on families.
The Impacts of Actuarial Risk Assessment on Child Protective Services in Virginia (PDF - 96 KB)
Jones & Beecroft (2008)
Virginia Department of Social Services, Office of Research
Compares outcomes for 30 child welfare agencies that implemented structured decision-making with 90 agencies that did not.
Structuring the Decision to Accept a Child Protection Report
Johnson, O'Connor, Berry, Ramelmeier, & Pecora
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 6(2), 191-205, 2012
Reviews collaborative efforts among three agencies to construct, implement, and evaluate a screening and response time assessment for child protective services intake staff in Maryland.