Identification, Investigation, and Prosecution of Child Abuse Involving Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Workbook for Community Improvement
It is generally accepted that children with special health care needs (CSHCN) are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. While the number of children with special health care needs being abused is unclear, a survey of 200 Whatcom County cases, that had some form of CPS involvement, revealed that 27% involved a child with special health care needs.
Fortunately for these children, many professionals throughout the community are dedicated to their safety and well being. This workbook creates an opportunity for those individuals to use their expertise and passion for protecting children with special health care needs to build partnerships, create protocols, and improve community practice. The end goal is to identify all children with special health care needs who are being abused and to conduct highly effective investigations and prosecutions of each of their cases. By using this tool, communities can start the process of practice improvement.
This workbook was developed as a part of a Children's Justice Act Grant through the State of Washington Department of Children and Family Services to improve the identification, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases involving children with special health care needs.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Children with Special Health Care Needs Definition
Community Implementation Recommendations
Community Improvement Worksheets
• Justification for Standards
• Review of CSHCN with CPS Involvement
• Anecdotes and Examples
• Examples of how CSHCN can be included in County protocols
• Example of CSHCN Intake Questionnaire
• Terminology and Definitions
• Resources and Citations
Children's Justice Act Grant: Project Overview
Contact and General Information