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Message ID: 9330
Date: 2013-01-27

Author:dayangelmsu.edu

Subject:Re: Centralized child abuse screening

This practice was recently adopted in the state of Michigan, but I don't believe we have data to support whether this has improved or hindered child abuse reporting efforts in our state. Angelique Day Quoting Rich Gehrman : > Greetings, > > > > A group of stakeholders in Minnesota is considering legislation to > centralize screening of child abuse and neglect reports. Minnesota has 86 > county and two tribal agencies currently handling this function. A recent > report by the state's Office of the Legislative Auditor showed wide > variation in standards and practices across the state, meaning that whether > children get screened in for child protection services depends to a > signficant degree on where they live. > > > > The Child Welfare Information Gateway and other searches led us to a 2003 > study 'National Study of Child Protection Services Systems and Reform > Efforts Local Agency Survey' which was helpful but somewhat dated. We also > found evaluations of centralized screening systems from Indiana, Kentucky > and New Jersey. We also found information on an attempt to centralize child > abuse screening in Colorado which was essentially tabled. > > > > Are there any other known research studies or evaluations on this topic that > we have not found yet? Also we would be interested in comments from > practitioners who have views on the relative effectiveness of centralized > screening units or hotlines compared to decentralized county systems. > > > > Thank you for your help. > > > > Rich Gehrman > > Executive Director > > Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota > > www.safepassagemn.org > > Angelique Day, MSW Research Specialist MSU School of Social Work 254 Baker Hall East Lansing, MI 48824 P: 517-353-0764 Fax: 517-353-3038 dayangel@msu.edu

This practice was recently adopted in the state of Michigan, but I don't believe we have data to support whether this has improved or hindered child abuse reporting efforts in our state. Angelique Day Quoting Rich Gehrman : > Greetings, > > > > A group of stakeholders in Minnesota is considering legislation to > centralize screening of child abuse and neglect reports. Minnesota has 86 > county and two tribal agencies currently handling this function. A recent > report by the state's Office of the Legislative Auditor showed wide > variation in standards and practices across the state, meaning that whether > children get screened in for child protection services depends to a > signficant degree on where they live. > > > > The Child Welfare Information Gateway and other searches led us to a 2003 > study 'National Study of Child Protection Services Systems and Reform > Efforts Local Agency Survey' which was helpful but somewhat dated. We also > found evaluations of centralized screening systems from Indiana, Kentucky > and New Jersey. We also found information on an attempt to centralize child > abuse screening in Colorado which was essentially tabled. > > > > Are there any other known research studies or evaluations on this topic that > we have not found yet? Also we would be interested in comments from > practitioners who have views on the relative effectiveness of centralized > screening units or hotlines compared to decentralized county systems. > > > > Thank you for your help. > > > > Rich Gehrman > > Executive Director > > Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota > > www.safepassagemn.org > > Angelique Day, MSW Research Specialist MSU School of Social Work 254 Baker Hall East Lansing, MI 48824 P: 517-353-0764 Fax: 517-353-3038 dayangelmsu.edu