National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts: Site Visits Report . Improved Relationships

05/01/2003

Several respondents commented on the improved relationship among agencies as a result of this protocol revision process. Many of the participants in the protocol committee were new, and agencies were learning together. Several respondents commented that the process enabled all of the participants to remind themselves of their goal — helping families — and to refocus their efforts on helping victims rather than on how to get things done. Another result of the process was increased court filings and court attendance by CPS workers.

The protocol committee was also responsible for coordinating activities for Child Abuse Prevention Month during April. Because of the efforts associated with the protocol, the April 2002 Child Abuse Prevention Month was very successful. All the groups that had been active in the revision process were equally active during April. Activities included poster contests for the schools and a community barbecue cohosted by VAP and law enforcement.

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