Child Welfare Workers' Training, Knowledge, and Practice Concerns Regarding Child Maltreatment Fatalities: An Exploratory, Multi-State Analysis

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Abstract

Research has rarely focused on child welfare professionals as agents of prevention for maltreatment fatalities. This study presents results on 426 child welfare workers' training, knowledge, and practice concerns regarding fatalities. Workers' knowledge of risk varied and revealed deficits in knowledge of parent and household risk factors. Receipt of training had a minor impact on knowledge. More than 25% of workers reported that a parent had disclosed potential intent to kill his/her child. Workers worried that a child will die on their caseloads; they reported assessing for risk, but wanting additional training. Implications are discussed for both research and practice communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-677
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2012

Keywords

  • child welfare profession
  • fatal child maltreatment
  • professional knowledge

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