Effective casework practice involves collaboration with families. In some cases, family members may also be the responsible for the abuse and neglect. Find resources on working with family members responsible for abuse/neglect as well as with nonoffending parents. This section also provides training materials for families and youth and includes State and local examples.
- Family members responsible for abuse or neglect (Perpetrators)
- Nonoffending parents
- Families' perspectives
Adolescent Fathers Involved With Child Protection: Social Workers Speak
Gordon; Watkins, Walling, Wilhelm, & Rayford
Child Welfare, 90(5), 2011
Examines adolescent paternity through structured interviews with the social workers of young fathers receiving child protection services (CPS), identifies the fathers' unique needs, and discusses working with these young men. The article shares practice and policy implications for adolescent fathers and CPS charged with their care.
Collaborative Helping: A Practice Framework for Family-Centered Services (PDF- 170 KB)
Family Process, 48(1), 2009
Offers a five-step practice framework drawing from appreciative inquiry, motivational interviewing, the signs of safety approach to child protection work, and solution-focused and narrative therapies. The article includes clinical illustrations and sample questions.
Communication Skills in Child Protection: How do Social Workers Talk to Parents?
Forrester, Kershaw, Moss, & Hughes
Child and Family Social Work, 13(1), 2008
Discusses the practical, theoretical, and training implications social workers face when communicating with parents in child protection situations. The study provides a mock interview with a simulated client that addresses the importance of empathy to good social work communication in most child protection situations.
Integrating Couple Teamwork Conversations Into Child Welfare Practice
Christensen, Antle, & Johnson
Journal of Family Social Work, 11(3), 2008
Discusses the importance of and challenges to addressing couple teamwork issues in the child welfare population. This article describes casework skills to initiate and maintain couple teamwork conversations by building upon a comprehensive practice model for child welfare known as solution-based casework.
Parent Involvement Practices in Child Protection: A Matter of Know-How and Attitude
Saint-Jacques, Drapeau, Lessard, & Beaudoin
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 23(2), 2006
Reviews a study of 38 child protection service workers and their behavior and attitudes for encouraging and involving parents in a child protection context.
Reconstructing Child Welfare Through Participatory and Child-Centered Professional Practice: A Conceptual Approach
D'Cruz & Stagnitti
Child and Family Social Work, 13(2), 2008
Discusses a conceptual framework for research that aims to explore participatory and child-centered professional practice by critically evaluating and developing the practical meanings of "participatory" and "children as citizens" for professional practice.
Safety, Fairness, Stability: Repositioning Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare to Engage Families and Communities (PDF - 4,905 KB)
Pennell, Shapiro, & Spigner (2011)
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Examines strategies for advancing family leadership at the practice, program, and policy levels and summarizes the findings on family engagement in child welfare and juvenile justice practice.
Service User Participation in Diverse Child Protection Contexts: Principles for Practice
Healy & Darlington
Child and Family Social Work, 14(4), 2009
Presents and discusses implications and findings from the first phase of a 3-year study into participatory practice in child protection, a qualitative analysis of interviews with 28 child protection practitioners across five domains of child protection work.
Tools for Involving Children and Young People in Child Protection Assessment and Planning (PDF - 1,837 KB)
Reaching Out, Fall, 4-6, 2011
Discusses two Signs of Safety child-centered tools that assist in the elicitation and inclusion of children's and youth's voices in child protection processes and decisions. The Three Houses information-gathering tool is designed to elicit children's and youth's views about what is happening in their lives and what they want for their future, and the Safety House information-gathering tool is designed to help the child or youth make sense of and participate in the safety-planning process.
Family-Centered Practice Guide: Engaging, Assessing and Building Strengths With Families (PDF - 552KB)
Minnesota Department of Human Services (2006)
Explains how family-centered practices can be used throughout child welfare work by listing key principles, such as making the family the center of attention; strengthening the capacity of families; engaging families in every part of service delivery; and linking families to comprehensive, culturally relevant, and community-based supports and services.
Family Engagement: Maximizing Family Resources and Kinship Connections (PDF - 267 KB)
Advocacy, Inc., Corinne Wolfe Children's Law Center, New Mexico CASA Network, New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department, New Mexico Citizen Review Board, & New Mexico Children's Court Improvement Commission (2011)
Explains that family engagement is a strength-based approach and a defining characteristic of family-centered and team-based decision-making and that the intent of family engagement practice is to maximize family resources and kinship connections.
InfoSheet 15: Child Protection Workers: Engaging Fathers (PDF - 244 KB)
Minnesota Fathers and Families Network (2008)
Offers ways in which caseworkers can locate and work with fathers to get them involved with their children based on research findings from the 2006 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study, What About the Dads? Child Welfare Agencies' Efforts to Identify, Locate, and Involve Nonresident Fathers.