The first goal of any child welfare system is simple—protecting children from abuse and neglect. But how states respond to reports of child maltreatment is changing significantly. Fewer states are relying solely on traditional investigations of abuse and neglect, and are instead opting for a variety of approaches that allow child protective services to work more collaboratively with families. The use of two or more approaches to accepted reports of child maltreatment is referred to as differential response.
Voices for Children has a new fact sheet on Differential Response. It answers some FAQ’s about Differential Response.