Understanding Child Maltreatment Decisions and Those Who Make Them
Peter Rossi, John Schuerman, Stephen Budde1996
This paper centers on four critical questions: How much agreement is there among child welfare experts and child protective workers about decisions in cases of abuse and neglect? What are the factors that influence decisions? How does the presence of family preservation services affect decision making? How do differences among experts and workers' backgrounds and professional orientations relate to their decision-making tendencies? The authors' answers to these questions, based on their study of the views of child welfare experts and child protective service workers, are presented in the paper. This research yielded important information about the lack of consistency in definitions of imminent risk of placement and the need for greater training of investigative workers on decision making.