• January-February 2016
  • Vol. 16, No. 10

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CAPTA Citizen Review Panels

A tip sheet developed by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD) explains the reasons for and structure of Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA) Citizen Review Panels (CRPs). The tip sheet describes why CRPs were established, offers an overview of their composition and function, provides examples of their impact on child welfare, and shares tips for operating CRPs smoothly.

The 1996 reauthorization for the CAPTA, section 106 (c) required the establishment of CRPs, and there are 348 CRPs in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. CRPs evaluate State child welfare agencies and recommend enhancements to child protective services. Volunteers can be private citizens, parents and child advocates, social workers, teachers, mental health providers, researchers, or other related professionals.

CRPs' public outreach efforts have resulted in constructive guidance for States and their child welfare systems and, for some, even Federal Child and Family Services Reviews. Topics CRPs examine include mandatory reporting, father engagement in child welfare, child fatality review, and employee retention. The tip sheet provides examples of CRP work outcomes and a list of additional resources.

Access the CRP Tip Sheet #1 CAPTA Citizen Review Panels 101, by Blake Jones, at http://www.uky.edu/SocialWork/crp/files/frontpage/CRP_TipSheet_1_CAPTA101.pdf (557 KB).

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