The safety and well being of every child is the greatest concern of child advocate groups, the Department of Children Services, and Child Protective Services. These departments work in unity to provide protection for children who might be in danger of neglect and/ or abuse. All child safety departments thrives for the same common goal; to provide a safe and secure living dwelling for the children in their care. Learn about the role of the Department Of Child Safety!
Such departments are established in nearly every state inside and outside the United States. When children are placed in dangerous situations, they are not able to speak up for themselves, or let others know what type of danger they are in. For this reason, states have mandated laws that would hold doctors, teachers, and caregivers responsible for reporting any suspicion of child abuse or child neglect.
Other adults and children, who are concerned for the welfare of other children should let someone know, if they too suspect or have witnessed some type of abuse. Concealing known facts about child abuse, neglect or abandonment is a crime, and can lead charges been pressed, if the withholding of such accusations leads to severe or fatal injuries that could have been prevented. It is the job of Children welfare agencies to:
Provide a safe, and healthy environment which fosters the social, intellectual, physical, and emotional well being of children. Such environment should ensure the security and safe custody of all children under the supervision and care of the state in which a complaint of abuse or neglect is filed. State child safety departments governs the foster homes and foster parents they financially support. Foster homes generally provide 24 hours, emergency placement services for children that need immediate care or supervision.
To recognize that families want to be the best providers and caregivers for their children. To equip families with the support they need to foster their children growth emotionally and psychologically. What families want and what caregivers are able to provide may be conflicting in nature. There comes a time at some point, when it becomes obvious that most parents and caregivers rights will need to be permanently dismissed or terminated.
Remove children from any public or private dwelling where there is an imminent danger of physical, mental, and psychological abuse. The children are placed in the care of family members in some cases, and in other cases they are placed in temporary foster homes. The decision child protective agencies make are always in the best interest of the children. For the most part, many agencies try to place children with an immediate family member. However, all member families are not suitable for the task.
Before children are placed with family members, friends or strangers, the department does a fingerprint and background check. Some legal charges are not serious, or the charges may not be considered a threat to the children that may come to live in their homes. However, some charges such as domestic violence, abuse or neglect of any type, assault, battery and similar charges will automatically rule against families and other adults who want to take children into their home.
Involve the abusive caregiver in parental classes or other state mandated programs. Sometimes parents are other adults are not equipped to handle children in an appropriate manner. Children with ADHD or ADD might exhibit challenging behaviors, in which parents or other caregivers are not trained to cope with. For this reason, many children are unintentionally abused or neglected. The goal of child protective programs is to help parents and caregivers provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children in their care.
This may include offering caregivers the option of attending parental classes. Classes are intended to aid caregivers in dealing with children in a non violence manner. Caregivers will learn how to discipline children in a non threatening way, and which disciplinary methods are age appropriate. When caregivers are equipped with more effective parenting skills, the number of reported abuse and neglect cases are reduced.
Eliminate the number of injuries and death associated with child abuse and child neglect. Not all homes are safe places for children. Children are at risk of drowning, being involved in a traffic accident, consuming poison, falling down a flight or fires, or sustaining serious burns or fatal injuries. The mission of child safety services is to educate adults on how to reduce or eliminate these incidents from occurring.
Most injuries and death of children occurs at home. Safety outlets are not capped, poisons such as cleaning supplies, paints and dyes are not properly labeled, or stored, or children are left home alone while caregivers are out running errands or working. Such instances as these are the main reasons that draws the attention of The Department of Child Safety agencies.
Employ more foster parents and foster homes. When children are removed from unsafe dwellings, they need a temporary or permanent place to live. After the court makes a decision on placement, the department of child safety will take actions in placing the children where the court has instructed. The children might be ordered to live with a grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling until the case is resolved.
The case can take up to a year or less, depending on how quickly the caregiver completes the assigned tasks. Children may be placed in state foster homes, if the department cannot find any suitable relatives for placement consideration. Foster homes are screened, and accepted by the states they are licensed, and deemed safe. Foster homes are long term and short term, depending on the details of the cases.
Some cases involving child safety issues are resolved rather quickly, and children are reunited with their families or caregivers shortly after the judge makes a ruling, or after the caregivers have complied with all the requirements of the court and the department, or if there is no indication of abuse or neglect, and the case is closed.
Child safety agencies job is not to punish the caregiver, but rather protect the children. Protecting the children can only be accomplished when caregivers are given the right tools to work with. Well informed, and well trained adults tend to make better choices, because they are given more choices to choose from. Information on child safety techniques, appropriate disciplinary methods, and ways to safe proof homes, are resources child safety agencies offer to caregivers.
It is important to note that all accusations of child abuse, neglect or abandonment does not necessarily indicate a guilty verdict. When accusations or complaints are filed, it is the department for child safety that has the responsibility to follow up on those complaints and accusations by conducting an interview.
The interview answers questions, and takes into the account the family history, and family’s intentions of resolving the problems, if any are present. However, if the investigation does not reveal any basis to continue the investigation, the case is closed without prejudice, or with a recommendation that is solely voluntary.
Caregivers that wants to provide a safer and healthier living and growing environment for their children, often participate in programs the child safety department offers. This lets that department know that the caregivers have the best interest of the children in their care at heart.