National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts. Review of State CPS Policy. Decisionmaking

04/01/2003

Decisionmaking related to the investigation disposition was highly consistent among the States. (See table 4-M). Only four States (7.8%) indicated different decisionmakers depending upon the case. Thirty-two States (62.7%) stipulated that "the worker decides, supervisor approves" the results of an investigation. The majority of the remaining States indicated that the worker and supervisor make decisions together.

An examination of the relationship between decisionmaking responsibility and purpose of investigation found that the more expansive the scope, the more likely the worker would make the decision with supervisory approval. However, an examination of the relationship between decisionmaking responsibility and disposition scope did not reveal a similar pattern.

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