Important Risk Factors in Home-Removal Decisions: Social Caseworker Perceptions
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The current study identified factors that played a significant role in decisions to separate a child from his/her primary caretakers for 51 social service caseworkers. Participants rated and ranked the importance of 35 child risk/well-being factors used in recent child separation dispositions. Results indicated that boundary setting with a perpetrator of abuse and parental motivation played a significant role in decision-making. These preliminary findings suggest the need to prioritize services aimed at the promotion of the non-maltreating parent’s limit setting with the perpetrator of abuse, as well as caretaker motivation/cooperation.
KeywordsMaltreatment Family risk factors Caseworker perceptions.
The authors would like to acknowledge the Citadel Foundation, who provided a grant for this research project.
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