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Child Abuse and the Child Welfare System
A review of the types of child abuse and the limitations of the U.S. child welfare system.
# 153199 | 1,278 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 06, 2013 in Sociology (Social Work) , Sociology (Welfare) , Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse)

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The paper discusses some common types of child abuse that include physical and
emotional abuse, child neglect and sexual abuse. The paper then addresses the inefficiency of the child welfare system and how it is due to the lack of uniformity in laws applied to poor and rich families, the influence of class and race on how families are treated and also financial and budgeting problems. The paper notes that while the child welfare system has undergone many reviews and audits, there has not been any significant improvement in the way the system functions; this paper argues that it is partly because there is a lack of rewards or incentives for agencies with positive appraisal results.

Physical Abuse
Emotional Abuse
Child Neglect
Sexual Abuse
Child Protection Agencies

From the Paper:

"Child protection agencies in the United States were developed to protect nation's children from neglect and abuse. The primary objective of the child welfare system is to "ensure safety, permanency, and well-being for all children who come to the attention of the child welfare system" (Child Welfare League of America [CWLA], [paragraph] 5).The quality of services offered under CWS varies from state to state and even from one county to another but the entire system nationwide is fraught with numerous problems. Child welfare advocate Marcia Lowry once said that this system is "marked by totally unreliable information systems, inadequate training, high caseloads, Byzantine procedures, and administrative paralysis." (Mezey, p. 95)
"The problems facing child welfare system are enormous from ambiguous state and federal laws to overlapping responsibilities between agencies. And these problems have contributed to the issue of child abuse and neglect as in 1991, it was reported that at least thirteen hundred children had died from abuse, and 50 percent of these children were under the age of one. This is indeed a sorry state for nation's child welfare system that was created with an aim to provide protection to small children."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Pelton, L. H. (1994) Has Permanency Planning Been Successful? No, in controversial issues in child welfare 268, 271. Eileen Gambrill & Theodore J. Stein eds.
  • Pecora, Peter J, Jensen, Peter S, Romanelli, (2009) Mental Health Services for Children Placed in Foster Care: An Overview of Current Challenges. Child Welfare.Child welfare and well-being. Policy & Practice, Feb, 2009
  • Fontes, L. (2008) Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families. Guilford Press.
  • Mezey, S. (1996) Children in Court: Public Policymaking and Federal Court Decisions. State University of New York Press.
  • Tower, C.C. (1992). The role of educators in the prevention and treatment of child abuseand neglect. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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