A newly revised field manual, Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence, is now available. The manual reflects recent practice innovations, the latest research and data, and a greater emphasis on family preservation and in-home services.
The comprehensive user manual informs child protective services (CPS) workers, supervisors, and related professionals on multiple issues related to the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence. The newly revised edition reflects the Children’s Bureau commitment to a collaborative and community-based approach to child protection and offers guidance on:
- Ensuring the safety of children in incidents of domestic violence
- Ensuring domestic violence survivor safety
- Perpetrator accountability
- Agency response
The updated manual also addresses the following practice issues:
- Guidelines for assessing families experiencing domestic violence
- Perpetrators of domestic violence
- Adult survivors and child witnesses
- Complexity of children’s issues and trauma-focused approach
- Safety and wellness for CPS workers
- Building collaborative responses for families experiencing domestic violence
The revised manual is part of the Children’s Bureau Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series—last updated in 2003—and serves as a companion piece to Child Protective Services: A Guide for Caseworkers, a second revised manual in the series. The updated manuals from the U.S. Department of Health and Services’ Children’s Bureau Office on Child Abuse and Neglect are available at https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals.
For a series of tip sheets on how to respond to families experiencing domestic violence and child maltreatment—including general practice recommendations, suggestions for engaging families, and guidance on documentation, assessment, decision-making, and planning—see the Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for States’ Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare Professional Series at https://capacity.childwelfare.gov/states/focus-areas/child-protection/domestic-violence.
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