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Differential Response: A Dangerous Experiment in Child Welfare

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dc.contributor.author Bartholet, E.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-23T17:36:34Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-23T17:36:34Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Bartholet, E. (2014). Differential Response: A Dangerous Experiment in Child Welfare. Harvard Public Law Working Papers, No. 14-31 (August 2014), 56 pp. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/bartholet/Differential%20Response%20A%20Dangerous%20Experiment_Draft.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2096
dc.description.abstract Differential Response (DR) represents the most important child welfare initiative of the day, with DR programs rapidly expanding throughout the country. It would radically change our child welfare system, diverting the great majority of Child Protective Services (CPS) cases to an entirely voluntary system. This article describes the serious risks DR poses for children, and the flawed research being used to promote DR as “evidence-based.” It puts the DR movement in historical context, as one of a series of extreme family preservation movements supported by a corrupt merger of advocacy with research. It argues for reform that would honor children’s rights, confront the problems of poverty underlying child maltreatment in a serious way, and expand rather than reduce the capacity of CPS to address child maltreatment. It calls for a change in the dynamics of child welfare research and policy so that we can avoid history endlessly repeating itself. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Harvard University en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject risk factors en_US
dc.subject poverty en_US
dc.subject child welfare reform en_US
dc.title Differential Response: A Dangerous Experiment in Child Welfare en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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