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Message ID: 8970
Date: 2011-10-23

Author:Trudy Kilian

Subject:Re: best practices for CSA interviewing in United States

In El Dorado County California, we use the SDM as well. As a former social worker with the child protective services emergency response unit, I did not particularly think it was useful. The "forced choices" in some of the items did not lend one to be specific about individual cases. However, in lieu of nothing that is somewhat standardized, it is OK. Several counties used another instrument as well. Here is a link to a description of the SDM from our state's child welfare website. http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/PG1332.htm Here is a summary report on some assessment instruments (2005). "Risk and Safety Assessment in Child Welfare: Instrument Comparisons". http://cssr.berkeley.edu/bassc/public/risk_summ.pdf Here is a 200+ page study of the SDM and child welfare. It depicts the decision trees for specific allegations - neglect, sexual abuse, etc. "Structured Decision MakingĀ® and Child Welfare Service Delivery Project" (2008) http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Brooks.pdf Regards, Trudy Trudy C. Kilian, M.S. Human Services and Community Planning Consultant Home Office: 530-622-6400 (Preferred phone #) Cell: 530-919-0244 On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM, Lisa Fontes > wrote: Dear Colleagues, I am looking for information about the extent to which what we consider "best practices" for interviewing and following cases of suspected child sexual abuse in the U.S.--the multidisciplinary teams and the structured forensic interviews--is also used in Western Europe. I would be interested in country-specific as well as general information, directed to the list or to me personally. Thank you! Lisa Fontes, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Lfontes@uww.umass.edu

In El Dorado County California, we use the SDM as well. As a former social worker with the child protective services emergency response unit, I did not particularly think it was useful. The "forced choices" in some of the items did not lend one to be specific about individual cases. However, in lieu of nothing that is somewhat standardized, it is OK. Several counties used another instrument as well. Here is a link to a description of the SDM from our state's child welfare website. http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/PG1332.htm Here is a summary report on some assessment instruments (2005). "Risk and Safety Assessment in Child Welfare: Instrument Comparisons". http://cssr.berkeley.edu/bassc/public/risk_summ.pdf Here is a 200+ page study of the SDM and child welfare. It depicts the decision trees for specific allegations - neglect, sexual abuse, etc. "Structured Decision MakingĀ® and Child Welfare Service Delivery Project" (2008) http://www.csulb.edu/projects/ccwrl/Brooks.pdf Regards, Trudy Trudy C. Kilian, M.S. Human Services and Community Planning Consultant Home Office: 530-622-6400 (Preferred phone #) Cell: 530-919-0244 On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM, Lisa Fontes > wrote: Dear Colleagues, I am looking for information about the extent to which what we consider "best practices" for interviewing and following cases of suspected child sexual abuse in the U.S.--the multidisciplinary teams and the structured forensic interviews--is also used in Western Europe. I would be interested in country-specific as well as general information, directed to the list or to me personally. Thank you! Lisa Fontes, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Lfontesuww.umass.edu