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May 2003Vol. 4, No. 4Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series</I>, Third Edition

Since the late 1970s, the Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series has provided a foundation for understanding child maltreatment, as well as the roles and responsibilities of practitioners in the fields of child abuse prevention, identification, investigation, assessment, and treatment. The manuals in the forthcoming third edition address new legislation, practice innovations, and systems reform efforts, and provide comprehensive information to help practitioners deal with the increasingly complex issues facing children and families today.

The first manual in the series, A Coordinated Response to Child Abuse and Neglect: The Foundation for Practice, describes the activities involved in the child protection process and offers guidance on how various community members can work together effectively to protect the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. It is now available online in both HTML ( and PDF ( formats. A limited number of CD-ROMs containing the full text of the manual also are available.

To obtain a print copy or CD-ROM of this publication, contact:
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
Phone: (800) 394-3366 or (703) 385-7565

The second manual in the series, Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers, will be available shortly, with other manuals to follow. For additional information about the User Manual Series visit For information about other child abuse and neglect publications and resources, visit the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information website at