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Child Maltreat. 2015 Feb;20(1):6-16. doi: 10.1177/1077559514562066. Epub 2014 Dec 10.

Report of the APSAC Task Force on evidence-based service planning guidelines for child welfare.

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University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA.
San Diego Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA, USA.


This article presents the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Task Force report on the evidence-based service planning (EBSP) approach to child welfare services (CWS) plans and recommendations for practice. The focus of the policy report is on formal psychosocial services. CWS plans prescribe services to promote core child welfare objectives and to benefit children and families. The goal of EBSP is to construct service plans based on the general principles of evidence-based practice and prefer services with empirical support for clinical problems or needs associated with the causes or consequences of child abuse and neglect (CAN). EBSP aims to facilitate an overarching service approach that is collaborative, respectful, and includes services that are most likely to lead to outcomes on both family identified and child welfare mission goals. EBSP emphasizes a focused, assessment-driven, and science-informed approach that both favors plans that are sufficient and avoids overburdening families with compulsory services that address problems which are not directly related to the child welfare CAN referral.


child welfare; child welfare workers; evidence-based practice; mental health services; professionals; service delivery

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