DIFFERENTIAL RESPONSE . Theresa Costello, MA Director National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS) March 16, 2009. Defining Differential Response. CPS practice that allows for more than one method of initial response to reports of child abuse and neglect
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Theresa Costello, MA
National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS)
March 16, 2009
Comparison Between Investigation and Assessment Approaches
High to High
Recurrence of child abuse and/or neglect decreased from 5.7% in SFY 2004 to 2.2% in SFY 2007. Currently at 1.5%.
38% of Referrals to CWS intake are being triaged to the FSS and VCM programs.
Approximately 15% of referrals to FSS and VCM are returned due to safety concerns.
Children in out-of-home care decreased by approximately 20% since the implementation of the DRS.
The average caseload for each CWS worker has decreased from 24 to 18 cases.