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Improving accuracy and consistency in child maltreatment severity assessment in child protection services in Spain: New set of criteria to help caseworkers in substantiation decisions

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  • Arruabarrena, Ignacia
  • De Paúl, Joaquín

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This article describes the work carried out to develop a new instrument/set of criteria aimed at increasing Spanish Child Protection Services (CPS) caseworkers' accuracy and consistency in judgments leading to maltreatment substantiation and eligibility for CPS action decisions. A preliminary test on some of the instrument scales was conducted and presented.

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  • Arruabarrena, Ignacia & De Paúl, Joaquín, 2012. "Improving accuracy and consistency in child maltreatment severity assessment in child protection services in Spain: New set of criteria to help caseworkers in substantiation decisions," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(4), pages 666-674.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:4:p:666-674
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.12.011
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    1. Toros, Karmen & Tiko, Anne & Saia, Koidu, 2013. "Child-centered approach in the context of the assessment of children in need: Reflections of child protection workers in Estonia," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(6), pages 1015-1022.
    2. Emily Keddell, 2014. "Current Debates on Variability in Child Welfare Decision-Making: A Selected Literature Review," Social Sciences, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(4), pages 1-25, November.
    3. Lee, Yoona & Malley-Morrison, Kathleen & Jang, Mikyung & Watson, Malcolm W., 2014. "Hierarchies of child maltreatment types at different perceived severity levels in European Americans, Korean Americans, and Koreans," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 220-229.
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