An Exploratory Analysis of Seven Child Welfare Workers who Confused SIDS with Child Maltreatment Fatalities: A Brief Research Report

Emily M. Douglas, Melinda K. Gushwa

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Abstract

Previous research shows that child welfare workers (CWWs) have low levels of knowledge of risk factors for child maltreatment fatalities. Further, these gaps in knowledge leave CWWs with misconceptions about causes of deaths and the characteristics of the perpetrators. This brief research report focuses on CWWs’ gaps in knowledge with regard to CMFs and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and explores the socio-demographic characteristics of seven workers who confused fatal child maltreatment and SIDS. These workers were experienced professionals—who were in their middle-age, mid-career, and well-educated—and had been trained in how to recognize risk factors for CMFs. Implications for training and collaboration with other professionals are discussed, as well as the need for research to evaluate training efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-240
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Child maltreatment fatality
  • child welfare workforce
  • sudden infant death syndrome

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