Frontline Workers: Child Maltreatment Risk & Resiliency Assessment Process

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Case Study #1 In the “Frontline Workers” video seen in class there were several families featured and the struggles through which they had gone through were emphasized related to Child Protective Services. Matthew was 10 years old at the time of the filming of the documentary, and he had been brought to DHS on account of a phone call from a family friend mentioning that his father abusing him while at a family event. Matthew’s parents split up 7 and a half years ago and it is obvious that Keith is the only parental figure that Matthew has in his life. After being brought to DHS Matthew was sent to the hospital for an evaluation that lasted for a couple of weeks and he was unable to speak to his father at that time, Matthew was in distress and could not leave the hospital he said that they could not “unlock my mouth.” An assessment of this case according to the Kirst-Ashman (2013) model: Child Maltreatment Risk & Resiliency Assessment Process (p. 286-287) would be: looking at Matthew from several different lenses and the types of that would occur from the decisions made. First, one must determine whether he is being abused or neglected and the severity of these actions. Kirst-Ashman (2013) defines abuse as follows “a child younger than 18 years of age has experienced an injury or risk…show more content…
Department of Health and Human Services (2013) reported that 30% of children that were abused or neglected as children will later in life abuse their own children. ***source*** The long-term effects are staggering for example: “66% of people that are in facilities for treatment for drug abuse were also either abused or neglected as children.” ***** source**** At the end of Keith’s treatment unification of the family may be possible, this is the goal of the action

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