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March 2004Vol. 5, No. 2Handbook for Child Welfare Practice

The second edition of Helping in Child Protective Services: A Competency-Based Casework Handbook was recently released. First published in 1992, the Handbook was created to serve as a desk reference of practical information for child protective services (CPS) caseworkers and supervisors. For this latest edition, chapter authors were selected for their expertise and direct service experience in CPS to provide the most up-to-date research and practice information. Topics addressed include:

  • Community partners
  • Interviewing
  • Intake and investigation
  • Assessment
  • Child development and developmental milestones
  • Medical evaluation of abuse and neglect
  • Intervention
  • Legal framework
  • Accountable practice

CPS workers and supervisors will find much practical information, including casework guidance and protocols, that can be used in their day-to-day practice. Chapters contain both instruction and examples; they offer sequences of steps that may be used in investigating or resolving a particular issue. In addition, supervisors and teachers may use the book to support training or teaching. A special emphasis in this edition was placed on culturally responsive practice.

Helping in Child Protective Services: A Competency-Based Casework Handbook may be ordered from the American Humane website at