According to the New York Times, a recent study indicates that social service investigations do little or nothing to improve the lives of children. Some now question whether child protective services are worth the billions of dollars spent on them in the United States each year.
Child Protective Services investigated more than three million cases of suspected child abuse in 2007, but a new study suggests that the investigations did little or nothing to improve the lives of those children.
* * *Whatever interventions were offered apparently failed to reduce the risk for future child abuse. * * *In an editorial published with the study, starkly titled “Child Protective Services Has Outlived Its Usefulness,” Dr. Abraham B. Bergman suggests some essential changes: child abuse, because it is a crime, should be investigated by the police; …social workers should…not be engaged in law enforcement.
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