Child Maltreatment Fatalities: Perspectives from the Child Welfare Field

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2010

Project Description/Abstract

Annually, more than 2,000 children die from maltreatment in the U.S. About 30%-50% of those who suffer a child maltreatment fatality (CMF) are known to child welfare agencies. Yet, we know little about the professional decisions that surround CMFs and the effect that client death has on child welfare workers. The purpose of this proposed study is to pilot an online survey that will investigate CMFs from the perspective of child welfare workers and to assess the mental health status of workers in the aftermath of a CMF. The results of this study will pave the way for the development of a larger grant proposal for a full implementation of this study. More important, the results may yield important information pertaining to practice decisions that place children at risk and how to support child welfare social workers when a client dies.

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