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Message ID: 9691
Date: 2014-08-26

Author:Rich Gehrman

Subject:RE: child maltreatment investigations

That's correct. Here is the study. Our organization proposed it to the state legislature and it was completed in 2012 by the state's Office of the Legislative Auditor . The summary and conclusions are fairly positive but the substance of the report identifies a broad range of practices across the state's local child welfare agencies. Minnesota is a state supervised/locally administered system. There are 87 counties but a few have merged their social services departments, and there are two tribes, so the net number of local agencies is currently 84. Also noteworthy is the fact that there was insufficient data for the Auditor to draw upon directly, so they elicited the actual practices by proposing 10 scenarios representing various child maltreatment reports, and asked a large sample of county workers whether they would screen the reports in or out. This past year the Auditor administered the scenarios a second time and found that the changes to official policy and training of county workers by the state agency did not significantly improve consistency across counties. Rich Gehrman Rich Gehrman Executive Director Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota 2148 Eleanor Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55116 www.safepassagemn.org (651) 303-3209 gehrm001@umn.edu From: bounce-117781789-44670726@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-117781789-44670726@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of D F MCMAHON Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 10:26 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: RE: child maltreatment investigations Minnesota did a statewide study looking at different investigation rates in different counties sometime within the last couple of years. Sheri McMahon ND ________________________________ From: Susan.Wells@ubc.ca To: child-maltreatment-research-l@list.cornell.edu Subject: RE: child maltreatment investigations Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:22:55 +0000 Hi Aron, Our study is quite old by now but we did exactly what you are asking for. It can provide an historical perspective. Wells, S. J., Fluke, J. D., & Brown, C. H. (1995). The Decision to investigate: CPS practice in twelve local agencies. Children and Youth Services Review, 17, 523-546. Susan Wells From: bounce-115188967-63796503@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-115188967-63796503@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Aron Shlonsky Sent: May 4, 2014 7:27 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Cc: Aron Shlonsky Subject: child maltreatment investigations Hi all, We are looking for any reports or articles that discuss the rate at which families who are reported for maltreatment AND meet their jurisdictional criteria for investigation are actually investigated for child maltreatment (or at least the children are physically seen by a child protection worker). Again, not looking for the rate that reports are investigated. Looking for the rate that reports that should be investigated actually are investigated. Any help would be much appreciated! Aron Shlonsky, MSW, MPH, PhD Professor of Evidence-Informed Practice Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences University of Melbourne Victoria 3010 Australia +61 3 9035 9754 aron.shlonsky@unimelb.edu.au

That's correct. Here is the study. Our organization proposed it to the state legislature and it was completed in 2012 by the state's Office of the Legislative Auditor . The summary and conclusions are fairly positive but the substance of the report identifies a broad range of practices across the state's local child welfare agencies. Minnesota is a state supervised/locally administered system. There are 87 counties but a few have merged their social services departments, and there are two tribes, so the net number of local agencies is currently 84. Also noteworthy is the fact that there was insufficient data for the Auditor to draw upon directly, so they elicited the actual practices by proposing 10 scenarios representing various child maltreatment reports, and asked a large sample of county workers whether they would screen the reports in or out. This past year the Auditor administered the scenarios a second time and found that the changes to official policy and training of county workers by the state agency did not significantly improve consistency across counties. Rich Gehrman Rich Gehrman Executive Director Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota 2148 Eleanor Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55116 www.safepassagemn.org (651) 303-3209 gehrm001umn.edu From: bounce-117781789-44670726list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-117781789-44670726list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of D F MCMAHON Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 10:26 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: RE: child maltreatment investigations Minnesota did a statewide study looking at different investigation rates in different counties sometime within the last couple of years. Sheri McMahon ND ________________________________ From: Susan.Wellsubc.ca To: child-maltreatment-research-llist.cornell.edu Subject: RE: child maltreatment investigations Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:22:55 +0000 Hi Aron, Our study is quite old by now but we did exactly what you are asking for. It can provide an historical perspective. Wells, S. J., Fluke, J. D., & Brown, C. H. (1995). The Decision to investigate: CPS practice in twelve local agencies. Children and Youth Services Review, 17, 523-546. Susan Wells From: bounce-115188967-63796503list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-115188967-63796503list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Aron Shlonsky Sent: May 4, 2014 7:27 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Cc: Aron Shlonsky Subject: child maltreatment investigations Hi all, We are looking for any reports or articles that discuss the rate at which families who are reported for maltreatment AND meet their jurisdictional criteria for investigation are actually investigated for child maltreatment (or at least the children are physically seen by a child protection worker). Again, not looking for the rate that reports are investigated. Looking for the rate that reports that should be investigated actually are investigated. Any help would be much appreciated! Aron Shlonsky, MSW, MPH, PhD Professor of Evidence-Informed Practice Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences University of Melbourne Victoria 3010 Australia +61 3 9035 9754 aron.shlonskyunimelb.edu.au