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作者 Lindsey, Viola W
書名 Child Abuse Investigations: How CPS and Law Enforcement Engage in Collaboration
國際標準書號 9781124778990
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說明 217 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-10, Section: A, page: 3899
Advisers: KImberly Freeman; Jorja M. Leap
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Loma Linda University, 2011
Child welfare social workers (CPS) and law enforcement professionals are the sole professional groups in California assigned the task of investigating child physical and sexual abuse allegations. Both professional groups report that child-well-being is the ultimate outcome desired when addressing the needs of vulnerable and "at risk" children. Despite this shared vision CPS and law enforcement professionals also described competing outcomes that are often contradictory; particularly in how each group characterizes different professional responsibilities in achieving child well-being. For example CPS describes the dual responsibilities of preventing children from further harm while at the same time identifying factors that led to the abuse and providing non-punitive services aimed at preserving and strengthening family ties; including maintaining the children safely in their homes whenever possible. On the other hand law enforcement's view of child abuse as a crime shapes their perception of how things are handled. Law enforcement has the responsibility for collecting criminal evidence that frequently results in the offending parent being prosecuted and spending time in jail, possibly dismantling the family unit. Understanding how these two professional groups collaborate to execute their conflicting, professional responsibilities forms the overall focus of this study
Child welfare social workers and law enforcement professionals were recruited from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to participate in the study. Theoretical sampling, snowball sampling, and convenience sampling techniques were used to ensure that data was collected from a minimum of 20 participants who were identified as subject matter experts. Data was collected through face-to-face interviews using semi-structured interview guides. Transcribed interviews were entered into the QSR*NVIVO 8 software program for data management and to provide an audit trail. Seven major themes emerged from the data
Findings revealed that CPS and law enforcement professionals do not collaborate; they cooperate and coordinate on an inconsistent basis. Overall, "dissimilar professional standards engendered conflict and negative perceptions of each other producing poor working relationships. However, the research revealed that the working "relationship between the two entities seems to improve when they are co-located/share the same physical workplace. More research is recommended to determine if such working arrangement impacts collaboration.
School code: 0106
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-10A
主題 Social Work
Sociology, Criminology and Penology
Sociology, Public and Social Welfare
Alt Author Loma Linda University. Social Policy and Social Research
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