Buzzwords: Moving to Behavioral Descriptors Tip Sheet

This publication looks at buzzwords in the context of words or phrases commonly used in child welfare reporting and documentation that can be subjective or carry negative connotations, and offers strategies to minimize their negative impact.

Publication year: 2017
Capacity Building Center for States


Explore a doodle video, tip sheet, and discussion guide to help recognize and correct negative, subjective language used in child welfare reporting.

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States (2021). Buzzwords: Moving to Behavioral Descriptors Tip Sheet. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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