Criminal Justice and the Placement of Abused Children by Diane R. Martell

By Diane R. Martell

Baby welfare, felony justice, and legislation enforcement enterprises realize the significance coordinated, inter-agency practices to make sure the simplest results for sufferers of kid maltreatment. Martell examines if the separate interventions of the legal justice procedure and baby welfare method influence one another. particularly, she experiences the opportunity of an organization among the legal justice case prosecution and the protecting provider baby placement judgements. the implications point out that, in certain cases, felony justice interventions might help to avoid the necessity for baby elimination. additionally, Martell explains how the presence of kid overlook will be an incredible think about even if a baby abuse case is selected for prosecution.

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Those cases that fall within the protective service mandate are then referred for an investigation. , 2000). At this step, a determination is made as to whether or not the report of maltreatment can be substantiated or indicated. Following substantiation, cases are referred to a protective service case manager who develops service plans for the child and/or family and monitors 22 Criminal Justice and the Placement of Abused Children the well being of the child and the progress of the family in the provision of adequate care.

Operational procedures outline the adjudication process and the steps to be taken to meet systemic goals. The roles in the broader judicial system include judges, clerks, district attorneys, defense attorneys, victim advocates, administrators and support staff; each of whom has a set place in the formal hierarchy. However, the organizational hierarchy is far less rigid than the protective service structure. Assistant district attorneys have a direct reporting link to the state’s attorney but they function very independently and without close supervision.

A number of different models of multidisciplinary cooperation have been developed to respond to reports of child abuse. Sheppard and Zangrillo (1996) outline three models of interagency collaboration; joint investigation programs, multidisciplinary interview centers and children’s advocacy centers. Joint investigation protocols provide an opportunity for law enforcement, child welfare, prosecutors, and medical and mental health professionals to cross report, share information and monitor case progress without added expense to the cooperating agencies.

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