March 2013Vol. 14, No. 2<em>Family Guide to Child Protection</em>
The Minnesota Department of Human Services, the State agency responsible for investigating reports of child abuse and neglect, released a new guide, Family Guide to Child Protection. The guide walks readers through the child welfare process from the time when a report of child abuse and neglect warrants a response by the agency.
The guide describes Minnesota's two approaches in accepted reports, family assessments and investigations. A family assessment approach is used when a report has been screened in but does not indicate serious threats of immediate harm. An investigative response is the approach used when reports indicate immediate or severe danger. For each response, the guide outlines steps taken by social services staff and describes typical outcomes.
Family Guide to Child Protection is available on the Minnesota Department of Human Services' website:
Other State-specific guides are available via Child Welfare Information Gateway's State Guides and Manuals Search. Simply choose your State, "child protection" in the topic field, and select "parents" in the audience field.