Protecting those who cannot protect themselves is very important. One form of protecting those who cannot protect themselves is foster care. Foster care has been a major form of intervention since the beginning of philanthropic endeavors to help children (Mather, Lager, & Harris, 2007). This paper will discuss how social workers in the forensic setting can serve the best interest of the client in foster care.
I hope to use my law degree to change the lives of mistreated children from all over the world. As a victim of child abuse, serving this community has become a part of my identity. My aspiration to represent mistreated children, albeit vitalized by personal turmoil, has been intensified through professional experience. Through my work with Child Protective Services (CPS), during an internship with a family law attorney, I developed my passion for advocating on behalf of children. While working on CPS cases, I have seen how the lives of children can improve through diligent efforts by authority figures. However, I have also witnessed the shortcoming of the system as well where there is room for improvement. These vulnerable children deserve
Child Protective Services (CPS) is a complex system of assessments, investigations, and conclusions. CPS is the central agency in each communities child abuse and neglect service system. It is responsible for ensuring that preventative, investigative, and treatment services are available to children and families endangered by child abuse and neglect. As a result, CPS workers must perform a variety of functions when responding to situations of child maltreatment and play a variety of roles throughout their involvement with child protective clients. Reporting a suspective case of child maltreatment to the local CPS agency (or a family member’s own request for help with the problem) initiates
As can be seen there are many different organisations involved when there is any suspicion that a child may have been abused or actually harmed.
Child maltreatment has serious implications for social work, because of the difficulties in intervening or preventing the occurrence of child maltreatment. Social work’s primary missions involve improving human well-being and human potential and assisting the vulnerable populations. In cases of child maltreatment, social worker’s need to be able to effectively recognize and respond to incidents of child maltreatment; as well as, effectively identify the causes of child maltreatment in order to treat and prevent it.
The organization under investigation is Child Protective Services, also referred to as CPS, which is an agency within the Department of Family and Protective Services. CPS is a governmental organization that has existed for years. The agency is designed to protect children from abuse and neglect. There are numerous cases that are called in on a daily basis in the state of Texas, and it is the duty of state employees to address all allegations in a timely manner. The positions held as a caseworker within the agency are either Investigator, Special Investigator, Family Based Safety Services Specialist, or Conservatorship Specialist. Due to the required work and deadlines involved with being a caseworker at CPS, the job can become very
This investigation takes place if there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm. I took part in a strategy discussion which involved the child’s social worker, the team manager, the police, health and the referring agency, meeting shortly after receiving the referral. All professionals contributed information they had from their own agency and came to an informed decision together. The strategy discussion gave the professionals the chance to work collaboratively to decide if there were grounds to initiate a section 47 investigation (Children Act 1989), make decisions about what further information was needed, if an assessment has been completed and how this will be obtained, what immediate and short term action was required for the child and who will do what by when. This type of collaborative working is extremely important in child protection, and if these agencies had not have come together quickly, whether face to face or over the telephone, then this would have considerably slowed down the process of safeguarding the child; as a single agency would have had to ring around to gather information, possibly visit other agencies, search databases for who had involvement and try and piece together the child’s story with no
How must it be to live in a criminal mind? How must it be to completely loose the sense of normality? I heartily believe that Forensic Psychology holds the key which opens an entire world of psychopathologies, mental deformities, twisted thoughts and repressed needs of bestiality. Besides letting you sink into the most dangerous minds, it gives you the armament to combat everything hiding in there- knowledge.
1). Forensic Psychology is the application of the theories of psychology to law and the legal system. Issues of violence and its impact on individuals and/or groups delineate the main and central concerns in Forensics within the adult, juvenile, civil, and family domains. Forensic psychologists provide advice to legislators, judges, correctional officers, lawyers, and the police. They are called upon, for example, to serve as an expert witness, diagnose and treat incarcerated and probationed offenders, and screen and evaluate personnel in the law enforcement and judicial systems. Forensics encompasses a wide range of academic orientation. Synonyms for Forensic psychologists include criminal psychologist,
The Police are central to cases involving abuse or neglect in children. Criminal proceedings may be needed which the Police are responsible for. It is also common for cases of child abuse or neglect to be identified where the Police have been called out to attend a domestic disturbance. Police officers may work in partnership with social services to identify whether it is necessary to remove the child from their family home as a safeguarding measure.
This memorandum recommends that the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MI) use its resources to support House Bill 4298. This bill, which was passed for re-review by the Committee on Judiciary, addresses the Michigan Child Protection Law regarding the process of electronic recordings of child interviews involved in child abuse and neglect. It would require that the electronic recordings be stored in a central location, via the Department of Health and Human Services. I recommend that Michigan Senators and the NASW-MI Chapter support HB 4298 now, because it proposes a solution to the ongoing social problem of added trauma caused by children being subjected to multiple or ineffective forensic
Social workers’ duties are enormous when intervening for child neglect cases as well as children and families’ well-being. They are able to pinpoint child’ neglect issues along with families in need of child welfare services. To properly
It is a reasonable argument that child welfare service entities are necessary as it is all too frequent that child abuse/neglect cases are heard all over the nation and is ultimately a world health issues. Increasing social issues such as unstable families, poverty, crime, poor education, lack of access to health care and mental health services are some of the factors that contribute to this continuous epidemic that affects many people from various socio-economic classes. Many nations have taken steps to enhance and improve efforts in the fight against the mistreatment of children.
Forensic (criminal) psychology is a job field that deals with both psychology and law. The field has experienced dramatic growth in recent years due to the role of popular movies, television programs and books popularizing the field. Often these individuals are depicted as vivid components in solving vicious crimes or timing out a criminal’s next home. While these depictions of certainly entertaining, yet these portrayals are not necessarily precise. Forensic psychologists play an instrumental role in the criminal justice system while applying psychological principles to the legal system. The crossover of the two spheres is best decided in the Encyclopedia of Psychology,