One of the primary purposes of child protective services interventions is to prevent future harm for children who have already experienced maltreatment. Understanding more about when and why maltreatment reoccurs helps improve interventions. Resources include State and local examples.
Addressing Common Forms of Child Maltreatment: Evidence-Informed Interventions and Gaps in Current Knowledge
Pecora, Sanders, Wilson, English, Puckett, & Rudlang-Perman (2012)
Casey Family Programs
Reviews and summarizes promising interventions for preventing the occurrence and recurrence of major types of child maltreatment.
Assessing Risk of Future Delinquency Among Children Receiving Child Protection Services (PDF - 361 KB)
Bogie, Johnson, Ereth, & Scharenbroch (2011)
Children's Research Center
Describes a study conducted by the Children's Research Center to identify risk factors for subsequent delinquency of children with open child protective services (CPS) cases and to construct a screening assessment that classifies children with open CPS cases by the likelihood of future delinquency.
Predicting and Minimizing the Recurrence of Maltreatment: Literature Review (PDF - 462 KB)
Honomichl & Brooks (2009)
University of California, Northern California Training Academy
Examines factors that predict repeated episodes of abuse or neglect and explores practices that may limit the potential for the recurrence of maltreatment.
Caregiver Reports of Serious Injuries in Children Who Remain at Home After a Child Protective Services Investigation
Schneiderman, Leslie, Hurlburt, Zhang, & Horwitz (2010)
Maternal and Child Health Journal
Analyzes data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being regarding injuries requiring medical attention among children who remained at home after a child protective services (CPS) investigation to determine whether ongoing CPS involvement affects likelihood of injury.
Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP) Child Well-Being Re-Entry to Foster Care Report (PDF - 613 KB)
Jones & LaLiberte (2010)
University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
Discusses the findings of a comprehensive literature review on the well-being of children who reenter the foster care system. The report also addresses evidence-based practices in preventing reentry and risk factors that contribute to the recurrence of maltreatment.
Repeat Maltreatment (PDF - 105 KB)
Iowa Department of Human Services (2008)
Outlines the expectations for Iowa child welfare caseworkers when working with children who have experienced repeated maltreatment. The bulletin also provides practice tips for caseworkers, along with specific tips for working with parents and with children.