The Need for Comprehensive Risk Management Systems in Child Welfare

Aron Shlonsky, Eileen Gambrill

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Risk assessment studies in child welfare have largely focused on identifying individual or family risk factors associated with future harm or on the value of various assessment tools constructed of such factors, paying scant attention to the risks posed by the system and its larger context. These risks include services provided to children and families that have little or no evidence of effectiveness, lack of proper assessment of service needs, inadequate linkage of available services to desired outcomes, and an agency culture that is reactive rather than proactive in its pursuit of risk reduction. Drawing on related literature, this article introduces guidelines for the development and implementation of a comprehensive risk management system in child welfare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-107
Number of pages29
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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