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Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers
This manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers. It describes the purposes, key decisions, and issues of each stage of the CPS process and strategies for casework supervision, training, and support.
Capacity Building Center for States
Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers covers numerous topics essential to good CPS casework practice, including:
Philosophical tenets, legal context, and national goals of child protection
Core components of the helping relationship, including cultural sensitivity and competency and family engagement
Purposes, key decisions, and practice issues for the stages of the CPS process:
Reporting and intake
Comprehensive family assessment
Development of the family plan
Change strategies and interventions
Evaluation of change and family progress
Closure and ending of CPS involvement
Effective documentation of actions in case records and information systems
Strategies for casework supervision, training, consultation, and support
Capacity Building Center for States. (2018). Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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