By Kathleen Kufeldt, Brad McKenzie
In 1994 a gaggle of researchers and determination makers met to debate the nation of kid welfare. additionally current have been a couple of practitioners and formative years in care. Six years later, after they met back, the variety of practitioners and formative years had grown significantly and have been joined through a powerful contingent of foster mom and dad. therefore the findings and insights awarded have been affirmed or challenged via these most influenced — these at the entrance line. It used to be an exhilarating occasion, worthy taking pictures in booklet shape.
Kathleen Kufeldt and Brad McKenzie have accrued the papers awarded on the 2000 Symposium and feature prepared them lower than 4 issues: prevalence and features of kid maltreatment; the continuum of care; coverage and perform; and destiny instructions. An research and synthesis of the paintings informs every one of those subject matters, whereas an eight-point examine schedule constructed in an past symposium is used to evaluate advancements up to now and supply tips for the longer term.
individuals contain many recognized researchers similar to Claire Chamberland, Jim Anglin, Sally Palmer, Darlene Sykes, Cindy Blackstock, Nico Trocmé, Fay Martin, and Richard Budgell. The richness of the data will curiosity all aiding execs, researchers, and scholars. it's going to additionally entice these whose curiosity has been piqued via the hugely publicized disasters of the method.
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Investigating workers were asked to indicate the placement category that best described the situation for the investigated child. Placement categories included the following: • Placement in Child Welfare Setting: a placement in family foster care, treatment foster care, group home, treatment centre, or secure treatment settings • Informal Placement: placements arranged by the family within their own support network, including extended family and kinship care • Placement Considered: out-of-home placement was under consideration at the time that the worker completed the Maltreatment Assessment Form • No Placement Required: placement was not considered or required following the investigation Results ■ Incidence of Child Welfare Placement An estimated 135,573 child maltreatment investigations were completed for CIS, and placement information was collected on a total of 134,871 investigations (see Table 1).
2 Seventy per cent of workers were between the ages twenty-six and forty-four years. Fourteen per cent of workers were under the age of twenty-five and 13% of workers were between the ages of forty-five and fifty-four years. Ninety-four per cent of workers were white. Aboriginal investigation workers were the next largest group comprising only 2% of the sample. Caseload Size and Training Table 3 describes worker caseloads. Workers were asked to indicate how many cases they carried on their caseload at the time of the study.
Substance abuse concerns were noted for 34% of the child investigations, followed by lack of social supports (29%), mental health concerns (24%), household violence (23%), criminal involvement (11%), physical health concerns (8%), and cognitive impairment (6%). Placement rates ranged from a low of 6% for child investigations with an identified child custody dispute, to 18% for investigations where one or more caregivers had criminal involvement. Placement rates for maltreatment investigations categorized by family structure ranged from a low of 5% for households led by two biological parents or a biological parent and a grandfather, 7% for a single father, 9% for a single mother, to 10% for a biological parent and a stepparent/common-law partner.
Child Welfare: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice by Kathleen Kufeldt, Brad McKenzie