Chapter

The Decision to Remove a Child

Duncan Lindsey

in The Welfare of Children

Second edition

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780195136715
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136715.003.0007
The Decision to Remove a Child

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Critical to the functioning of the child welfare system is the process of decision-making. Which children should be removed from their families and placed in foster care? When should they be removed? These questions are central to effective decision-making of the child welfare system. What process is used to make these decisions? How precise is our knowledge that guides this decision-making by social workers? This chapter shows that these critical decisions are rarely made with scientific precision and accuracy.

Keywords: child welfare system; decision-making; child abuse; child protection

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