By Diane R. Martell
Baby welfare, legal justice, and legislations enforcement organisations realize the significance coordinated, inter-agency practices to make sure the simplest results for sufferers of kid maltreatment. Martell examines if the separate interventions of the legal justice method and baby welfare method impression one another. in particular, she stories the possibility of an organization among the felony justice case prosecution and the protecting provider baby placement judgements. the implications point out that, every so often, felony justice interventions may help to avoid the necessity for baby elimination. furthermore, Martell explains how the presence of kid forget should be a huge consider even if a baby abuse case is selected for prosecution.
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Extra info for Criminal Justice and the Placement of Abused Children
Although the role of law enforcement to the criminal justice system is clear, its relationship to the child welfare system is more Child Maltreatment: An Overview 25 variable depending upon state law and interagency protocols. In following up on reports of maltreatment, police officers may conduct sole investigations, joint investigations, or simply provide support to the child protection investigator who is taking the lead on the case. In many states, law enforcement works hand in hand with child protection in regards to reports of abuse.
In other jurisdictions, a separate, and at times, adversarial, relationship exists (Finkelhor & Ormrod, 2001). The criminal justice process in child abuse crimes involves several stages including the reporting or detection of the crime, the victim interview and investigation, the filing of formal charges, arrest, prosecution, adjudication and sentencing (Louthan, 1985). Reports of criminal abuse are forwarded to the district offices of the state’s attorney and, if appropriate, to child protection.
That input is utilized in the decision-making process regarding what is needed to create an adequate living environment for the child. Removal of the child from the home is one of a number of outputs that may follow as a result of this input. Activity surrounding the prosecution decision, such as the arrest of a suspect, may also serve as input for child protection in the form of information on the current risk of abuse to the child. This information may influence the creation of output within the child protection system, namely the decision of whether or not a child should be removed from or returned to his or her home.