National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts: Site Visits Report . Chapter 4. Catawba County, North Carolina


Catawba County, North Carolina, developed several innovations to improve child protection, including minimum community standards for child safety, an automated client information system, and the colocation of social workers and law enforcement for investigation of child sexual abuse and extreme physical abuse. This report focuses on innovations in two areas — domestic violence policy and practice as well as the use of family conferencing. The agency’s domestic violence protocols were newly implemented. While family conferencing was not a new initiative, it was included because it was unique within most child welfare settings.

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