The Future of Child Protection: How to Break the Cycle of Abuse and Neglect

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Lisa Steinberg. Elisa Izquierdo. Lance Helms. These are just a few of the names drawn from recent headlines, revealing cases of horrendous child abuse and neglect. Such cases have led to a crisis of confidence in the current child protective services (CPS) system, and to frequent calls for reform.

The public is right to be concerned, shows Jane Waldfogel, but many perceptions of the CPS system and the problems it is designed to alleviate are inaccurate. This book goes beyond the...

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Overview

Lisa Steinberg. Elisa Izquierdo. Lance Helms. These are just a few of the names drawn from recent headlines, revealing cases of horrendous child abuse and neglect. Such cases have led to a crisis of confidence in the current child protective services (CPS) system, and to frequent calls for reform.

The public is right to be concerned, shows Jane Waldfogel, but many perceptions of the CPS system and the problems it is designed to alleviate are inaccurate. This book goes beyond the headlines, using historical, comparative, and specific case data to formulate a new approach to protecting children.

Currently, Waldfogel argues, the CPS system is overwhelmed by referrals. As a result, neither high-risk nor low-risk families are adequately served.

Waldfogel examines the underlying assumptions of CPS, compares the U.S. record with those of Britain, Canada, and Australia, and offers a "new paradigm" in which CPS joins with other public and private partners to provide a differential response to the broad range of children in need of protection. She highlights reforms underway in several states and in Britain.

This book's analytical clarity and straightforward policy recommendations will make it mandatory reading for policymakers, practitioners, and others interested in the future of child protection.

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Through a carefully balanced analysis, The Future of Child Protection advances the policy debate beyond the 'child abuse as a problem of poverty' and the 'criminalization of child abuse' perspectives in the current literature. Waldfogel develops a powerful case for the reform of the CPS system through a differential response model--a compelling alternative that policy makers are well-advised to study. The book is clearly written and the scholarship first-rate.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780674338111
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Waldfogel is Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

1 Child Abuse and Neglect Today 1
2 A Comparative Perspective 29
3 The Current Child Protective Services System 65
4 Entry into the System 94
5 Narrowing as a Strategy to Improve Child Protection 118
6 Differential Response: A New Paradigm for Child Protective Services 137
7 Working Together: Child Protection Reform in Britain 161
8 Changing Frontline Practice 182
9 Reforming Child Protection 208
Notes 237
Index 279
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