Helping in Child Protective Services: A Competency-Based Casework Handbook

Helping in Child Protective Services: A Competency-Based Casework Handbook

Helping in Child Protective Services: A Competency-Based Casework Handbook

Helping in Child Protective Services: A Competency-Based Casework Handbook

Synopsis

This second edition of Helping in Child Protective Services: A Competency-Based Casework Handbook is a comprehensive desk reference that serves as both a daily guide for workers and a training tool for supervisors and administrators. This invaluable resource provides CPS workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist vulnerable families, covering such key issues as assessment, decision making, intervention, child development, medical evaluation, accountability, and the legal framework of culturally responsive practice. This handbook equips CPS professionals and students to follow the casework process from intake through case closure with step-by-step instructions and examples. Chapters cover child development, key developmental milestones, and the importance of intervention; medical evaluation of child abuse and neglect; how to structure interviews and phrase questions to obtain information from families and guide the casework process; and the importance of accountable practice to families, their agencies, and the public. This latest edition of Helping in Child Protective Services compiles the most up-to-date research and practice information to help professionals provide the highest quality and most innovative services to children and families.

Excerpt

Change is inevitable and Child Protective Services (CPS) practice continues to evolve in response to our dynamic economic and political environment. Similarly, the landscapes of the families involved in the child protective services system are ever changing. The topography of both has become increasingly more complex and difficult to navigate effectively and efficiently. Therein lies the impetus for the latest version of Helping in Child Protective Services: A Competency-Based Casework Handbook, or, as it has come to be called, the Helping Handbook. When originally published in 1992, the Helping Handbook contained the latest information, policy direction, and practice guidance in CPS. In ten years' time, however, the CPS practice environment has changed significantly, and the book required revision. You will find that much about the revised Helping Handbook is familiar—the structure, the practice philosophy, and the emphasis on information that workers need to do their job. Much of it, however, is new and reflects the evolution of CPS practice and changing families.

About American Humane

Mission and Vision

American Humane envisions a nation in which no child or animal will ever be a victim of abuse or neglect.

The Mission of the American Humane Association, as a national network of individuals and organizations, is to prevent cruelty to and abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their respective interest and well-being are fully, effectively and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society.

American Humane has a long history of protecting children from abuse and neglect. In 1877, a group of humane societies from across the United States—including the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)—joined forces to establish the national American Humane Association (AHA). In 1886, AHA formally amended its constitution to encompass the protection of children as well as animals. Emphasizing the important role that family plays in children's welfare, AHA encouraged its member organizations to protect families and to remove children from their parents only when absolutely necessary.

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