Child Protection: Using Research to Improve Policy and by Ron Haskins, Fred Wulczyn, Mary Bruce Webb

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By Ron Haskins, Fred Wulczyn, Mary Bruce Webb

The nationwide Survey of kid and Adolescent health and wellbeing (NSCAW) is the 1st nationally consultant examine of kids who've been pronounced to professionals as suspected sufferers of abuse or forget and the general public courses that safeguard them. this can be the 1st booklet that reviews the result of NSCAW, translates the findings, and places them right into a broader coverage context.

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Qxd 5/9/07 2:58 PM Page 41 Maltreated Children with Developmental Delays 41 services. Such increases in assessments and enrollment can be expected to strain the capacity of many Part C programs. If state Part C systems are substantially overextended by increases in workload, it is possible that some will adopt restrictive eligibility criteria to reduce the total number of children who receive Part C services or will adopt ineffective strategies for enrolling families from the child welfare system into the Part C program.

Moreover this study did not attempt to identify children using diagnoses that determine Part C eligibility, which would also contribute to an undercount of eligible children. As previously mentioned, caseworkers were able to identify only 23 percent of the children with developmental problems. qxd 5/9/07 2:58 PM Page 39 Maltreated Children with Developmental Delays 39 unlikely that they were referred for early intervention by child welfare services. This evidence that developmental delays were underidentified and the consequent lack of referral for Part C services suggest that a concerted effort will be needed to overcome barriers to identifying and serving children who need Part C early intervention.

Rosenberg, Elliott G. Smith, and Arnold Levinson Table 2-2. 7 Source: Authors’ calculations. SD = standard deviation. a. The number of valid cases for the BDI was 932; for the PLS-3, it was 958; and for the VABS, it was 1,138. Percentages may not add up to 100 because of rounding. Recognition of Developmental Delays Intake caseworkers were asked whether, at the time of the investigation, the child had major developmental or behavior problems. Their responses showed they were able to identify less than one-fourth (23 percent) of the children whose assessment scores indicated delayed development on the basis of the criteria used in this study.

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