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Child Maltreatment Part II: Child Protective Services and Mandatory Reporting

Author: Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW
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Course Created: 2021

Practice Level: Advanced

No book to buy Duration: 3 hours
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Course Summary

Child maltreatment is a serious public health concern that imposes a range of deleterious consequences for victims' mental and physical health across the lifespan. Social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors play critical roles in child maltreatment intervention and these professionals must be able to take particular steps in response to child maltreatment.  Often this takes the form of a child abuse or neglect report to law enforcement or child protective services personnel. This course focuses on child protective services, mandatory reporting, and the roles and responsibilities of professionals who suspect child abuse or neglect.  In this course, the professional will learn the steps for making a report to child protective services, the process of investigation by child protective service personnel, and specific considerations, such as privileged communication and penalties for failure to report child maltreatment.

Course Format

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Learning Objectives

Course Syllabus

Child protective services
                    Roles and responsibilities of child protective services
                    Purpose, processes, and strategies of child protective services
                    Necessary approaches to CPS intervention
                    Processes of reporting
                    Stages of reporting and investigation
  Steps for investigation and planning in child maltreatment cases
Components of a comprehensive family assessment
                    Conducting a family assessment
                    Developing a family plan
                    Selection and implementation of appropriate interventions
                    Evaluation of change
                    Closing a case
Legal context for protective services involvement
Mandatory reporting
                    Mandatory reporting professionals
                    Institutional reporting
                    Rights and responsibilities of reporters
                    Penalties for failure to report
                    Caring for a child's needs after reporting
                    Thresholds and standards for reporting and investigating
                    Privileged communication
                    Overview of state-specific laws
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