Risk Assessment in Child Protection Services

Aron Shlonsky

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:
Risk Assessment in Child Protection Services

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Child welfare services are designed to promote the safety and well-being of children at risk of harm. In most high-income countries, these services are largely focused on preventing the occurrence or recurrence of child maltreatment. Risk assessment, in this context, amounts to a set of procedures, formal and informal, used by social workers and other human-services professionals to identify children at risk of harm as a result of maltreatment. The definition of child maltreatment can vary with regard to scope, frequency, and severity but generally entails an act of commission or omission toward a child that is, or can result in, damage or harm to the child’s physical or psychological well-being. Most often, risk assessments are conducted by child protection agencies investigating allegations of child maltreatment. In such instances, risk assessment generally involves determining the likelihood of future maltreatment and deciding whether action is needed to reduce the risk of future harm.

Article.  5821 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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