Child Protection Service

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Domestic violence is a major problem that we are facing in our society; statistics estimate that each year in the “Untied States 5.3 million women and 3.2 million men are abused by [there] domestic partners” (Black, Dempsey, Davis 2010, 900). Domestic violence or family violence are defined as “the abuse of power within relationships of the family, trust or dependency that endangers the survival, security or well-being of another person. It can include many forms of abuse... [including] witnessing abuse of others in the family” (Alberta children and youth services 2008, 1). Since family violence is a concern that our society is facing, we are dealt with the issue of how to deal with children who are in homes where violence is taking place.…show more content…
“A review of CPS cases in two states identified domestic violence in approximately 41 to 43 percent of cases resulting in the critical injury or deal of a child” (Bragg 2003, 9). As one can see from reading the many effects domestic abuse has on children it is critical that something happens to help stop these children from experiencing domestic abuse and the symptoms that come with it. Now taking a look at possible reasons why child protective services could not be involved. The main concern is that CPS workers already have a great deal of work to handle and if they where to take on extra cases the question would then be whether or not they could deal with that many more cases efficiently. I would state that it is highly unlikely that child protection service workers could handle additional cases, and still be asked to perform to high standards. “It is unlikely that CPS could handle the additional cases that would result from defining all child exposure to domestic violence as child abuse” (Findlater and Kelly 1999, 88). Without looking at adding additional domestic abuse cases, child protection workers are already overwhelmed by the amount of work that they need to complete. With high case loads the workers are left with underperforming on their jobs, leaving child protection workers with more stress. “Interviews with child protection workers support the assertion that high caseloads levels result in low service quality”
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