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Message ID: 9629
Date: 2014-04-16

Author:Gail Goodman

Subject:CPS response time and recurrence

Dear Child Maltreatment Researchers, Would any of you know of any reports or statistics relevant to the issues below? I would be grateful if you can provide any citations or guidance. We have the Marshall report, but are not finding much else on point. Hopefully, more information than that exists. Thank you! When a California county receives a report of child abuse or neglect, and it is determined that an investigation is necessary, by law the social worker has to respond (i.e., make face-to-face contact) either immediately or within 10 days, depending on the level of safety. A 2006 article by David Marshall from Washington states that lower rates of victim recurrence are significantly associated with a lower number of days between receipt of referral and the initial face-to-face contact with the alleged victims. Are there additional case studies, articles, or literature that show the connection between social worker response time (how long it takes to respond after the report is made) and recurrence (subsequent reports of abuse/neglect)? Are there documented benefits to beginning child abuse investigations on or near the date the report is received? Sincerely, Gail -- Gail S. Goodman Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Public Policy Research President, Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of the American Psychological Association Department of Psychology University of California 1 Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616 e-mail: ggoodman@ucdavis.edu phone: 530-752-6981 fax: 530-752-2087

Dear Child Maltreatment Researchers, Would any of you know of any reports or statistics relevant to the issues below? I would be grateful if you can provide any citations or guidance. We have the Marshall report, but are not finding much else on point. Hopefully, more information than that exists. Thank you! When a California county receives a report of child abuse or neglect, and it is determined that an investigation is necessary, by law the social worker has to respond (i.e., make face-to-face contact) either immediately or within 10 days, depending on the level of safety. A 2006 article by David Marshall from Washington states that lower rates of victim recurrence are significantly associated with a lower number of days between receipt of referral and the initial face-to-face contact with the alleged victims. Are there additional case studies, articles, or literature that show the connection between social worker response time (how long it takes to respond after the report is made) and recurrence (subsequent reports of abuse/neglect)? Are there documented benefits to beginning child abuse investigations on or near the date the report is received? Sincerely, Gail -- Gail S. Goodman Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Public Policy Research President, Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of the American Psychological Association Department of Psychology University of California 1 Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616 e-mail: ggoodmanucdavis.edu phone: 530-752-6981 fax: 530-752-2087