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The Foundation for Practice

The manual addresses the definition, scope, causes, and consequences of child abuse and neglect. The manual also presents an overview of prevention efforts and the child protection process from identification and reporting through investigation and assessment to service provision and case closure. Because child protection is a multidisciplinary effort, the manual describes the roles and responsibilities of different professional groups and offers guidance on how the groups can work together effectively to protect the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. The primary audience for this manual includes new child protective services (CPS) caseworkers and other professionals working with children and families. Schools of social work may add it to class reading lists to orient students to the field of child protection. In addition, other professionals and concerned community members may consult the manual for a greater understanding of child abuse and neglect.