Components of a Caseworker's File
It may be more feasible to obtain CPS records if specific information is requested in written form.
From Child Welfare Information Gateway http://www.childwelfare.gov/
Caseworker Guide Chapter 7: Family Assessment (see eGuidebook CPS Guide for Caseworkers for entire Guide)
Family Assessment Guide
Reasons for Referral. Briefly summarize the primary reasons this family is receiving continuing child welfare services and define the terms of any safety plan that was developed with the family.
Sources of Information. Identify all sources of information used to frame this assessment and refer to the specific dates of contact with the family and other persons or systems that relate to assessment information.
Identifying Information. Describe the family system, as defined by the family. Include members' names, ages, and relationship to the primary caregiver; sources of economic support and whether it is perceived as adequate; and current school or vocational training status. Describe the current household situation, including sleeping arrangements, and the client's perception of their neighborhood, especially as it pertains to safety.
Presenting Problems, Needs, and Strengths. Describe family members' perceptions of the presenting needs as they relate to each individual member, the family system, and its environment. As appropriate, include a history of the problem development and previous attempts to address it, as well as an explanation of family members' readiness and motivation to engage in help for the problem at this particular time. Also, identify the family's stated goals as they relate to each problem.
Family Background and History. Write a social history. Ideally, the primary caregiver(s) should be described first. Begin with his or her birth, and describe the family of origin—its members, their relationships with each other, and significant descriptive characteristics of each member. Follow that member's development into adulthood and up to but not including the present time. Genograms are particularly helpful in understanding life events over time. Identify important personal relationships, including those characterized by maltreatment, substance abuse, or violence; identify positive life events as well as stressful ones; and describe relationships with systems, including educational, vocational, legal, religious, medical, mental health, and employment. The history of other adults and children in the household should be summarized, addressing the preceding points, as appropriate and available. Complete this history in chronological order, if possible.
Present Status. Describe the present life situation of the family, particularly information about risks and strengths related to each child in the family, each caregiver's functioning, the family system, and the environment and community. Standardized assessment measures may be helpful to better understand the family and identify areas to be recorded in the casefile.
Tentative Assessment. Summarize risks and strengths related to each family member. This is the opportunity for the worker to analyze the collected information and to draw conclusions about the most important strengths and needs of individual family members and the family as a system. Knowledge of human development, personality theory and psychopathology, family systems, ecological theory, and psychosocial theory should be drawn on to form these conclusions. The worker should make informed judgments about the objective and observational information that has been collected and recorded. In this section, the caseworker specifically summarizes what must change to reduce the risk of child maltreatment.
Attitudes to Having Children (1980)
Behavioral Coding System (1981)
Child Behavior Checklist (1983)
Daily Home Report (n.d.)
Family Adjustment Test (1951)
Family Benefits Inventory (1986)
Family Interaction Q-Sort (1988)
High Scope Knowledge Scale (1980)
Home Quality Rating Scale (1977)
Ideas about Parenting (1985)
Infant Caregiving Inventory (1983)
Interaction Rating Scale (1986)
Intra-Family Attitude Scales (1952)
Parent Affect Test (1983)
Parent Perception Inventory (1983)
Parental Bonding Instrument (1979)
Parenting Stress Index (1983)
Rules in the Home Checklist (1983)
Sentence Completion Series (1992)
Therapy Attitude Inventory (1974)
State Health Department
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Dept. of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
A Compendium of Assessment Tools - Second Edition
This compendium provides researchers and prevention specialists with a set of tools to assess violence-related beliefs, behaviors, and influences, as well as to evaluate programs to prevent youth violence. If you are new to the field of youth violence prevention and unfamiliar with available measures, you may find this compendium to be particularly useful. If you are an experienced researcher, this compendium may serve as a resource to identify additional measures to assess the factors associated with violence among youths.
Although this compendium contains more than 170 measures, it is not an exhaustive listing of available measures. A few of the more widely used measures to assess aggression in children, for example, are copyrighted and could not be included here. Other measures being used in the field, but not known to the authors, are also not included. Many of the measures included in the first edition of the compendium focused on individual violence-related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. These types of measures are included in this edition as well and may be particularly useful if you are evaluating a school-based curriculum or a community-based program designed to reduce violence among youths. Several measures to assess peer, family, and community influences have been added to the compendium. Many of these measures are from the major longitudinal and prevention research studies of youth violence being conducted in the United States.
Most of the measures in this compendium are intended for use with youths between the ages of 11 and 24 years, to assess such factors as serious violent and delinquent behavior, conflict resolution strategies, social and emotional competencies, peer influences, parental monitoring and supervision, family relationships, exposure to violence, collective efficacy, and neighborhood characteristics. The compendium also contains a number of scales and assessments developed for use with children between the ages of 5 and 10 years, to measure factors such as aggressive fantasies, beliefs supportive of aggression, attributional biases, prosocial behavior, and aggressive behavior. When parent and teacher versions of assessments are available, they are included as well.
Section I. Attitude and Belief Assessments.
Section II. Psychosocial and Cognitive Assessments.
Section III. Behavior Assessments.
Section IV. Environmental Assessments.
Download the entire compendium (This document is 6 mega bytes (MB) and will take a dialup connections extend time to load and download.)
The State Injury Profiles contain maps and tables of injury deaths and death rates for each state in the nation. The profiles also include descriptions of CDC-sponsored injury prevention programs and research activities in each state.
Note: These documents are large in file size (1-3 MB) and not recommended for download through low bandwidth (e.g., dial-up Internet connection). For an interactive, online version of the maps, visit Injury Maps.
Adobe Acrobat required to view or print the profiles.
Department of Health
15 June 2000
The development of the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (jointly issued by the Department of Health, the Department for Education and Employment and the Home Office, 2000) has drawn heavily, from many disciplines, on the wealth of research and accumulated practice experience about the developmental needs of children. The aim of the practice guidance is to make transparent the evidence base for the Assessment Framework, thereby assisting professionals in their tasks of analysis, judgement and decision making.
Contains four items:
(1) 'Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families', (ISBN 0 11322 310 2)
(2) 'Assessing children in need and their families: practice guidance', (ISBN 0 11322 418 4)
(3) Folder: 'Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families: the family pack of questionnaires and scales', contains 50 p publication of same title, with 'Strengths and difficulties' questionnaire check sheet transparency, plus  loose pages (ISBN 0 11322 426 5);
(4) Folder: 'Framework for the
assessment of children in need and their families: Referral and initial
record information record; Initial assessment record; Core assessment
records; Assessment recording forms: guidance notes and glossary'; contains
publication: 'Framework for the assessment of children in need and their
families; guidance notes and glossary for: referral and initial information
record, initial assessment record and core assessment record' (ISBN 0 11322
424 9); also contains
1 double-sided sheet, 'Referral and initial information record'
1 four-page pamphlet, 'Initial assessment record' (ISBN 0 11322 437 0)
5 'Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families' core assessment booklets, covering child age ranges: 0-2 years (ISBN 0 11322 419 2), 3-4 years, 5-9 years (ISBN 0 11322 421 4), 10-14 years (ISBN 0 11322 422 2), young person aged 15 years and over (ISBN 0 11322 423 0).
The Framework documents are available to download below, and can also be ordered from the Stationery Office.
Child Trauma Assessment
Here are some of our
favorite child trauma measures, along with varying amounts of information
and a couple of links.
Note: This page is written for mental health professionals, researchers, and students in the field.
Greenwald, R. (2004, September). Child trauma measures for research and practice. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the EMDR International Association, Montreal.
Provides an overview of measurement issues for this population, as well as summaries of selected measures along with sample items and contact information.
Greenwald, R. & Rubin, A. (1999). Brief assessment of children's post-traumatic symptoms: Development and preliminary validation of parent and child scales. Research on Social Work Practice, 9, 61-75.
This preprint reports on the first validation studies for the Child Report of Post-traumatic Symptoms (CROPS) and the Parent Report of Post-traumatic Symptoms (PROPS). These are 1-page measures of broad-spectrum post-trauma & loss symptoms.
Greenwald, R., Rubin, A., Jurkovic, G. J., Wiedemann, J., Russell, A. M., O’Connor, M. B., Sarac, T., Morrell, T. R., & Weishaar, D. (2002, November). Psychometrics of the CROPS & PROPS in multiple cultures/translations. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore.
Data on the CROPS and PROPS in 5 different studies/settings.
Greenwald, R., Rubin, A., Russell, A. M., & O’Connor, M. B. (2002, November). Brief assessment of children's and adolescents' trauma/loss exposure. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore.
Data on the LITE in 3 different studies/settings.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE MEASURES ARE AVAILABLE HERE FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THEY SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR SELF-DIAGNOSIS. IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOURSELF OR A FAMILY MEMBER, PLEASE CONSULT WITH A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.
Lifetime Incidence of Traumatic Events (LITE) - Student & Parent forms
SUDS and VoC Scale (SAVS) - Okay, that's "Subjective Units of Disturbance Scale" and "Validity of Cognition"
Child Report of Post-traumatic Symptoms (CROPS) and Parent Report of Post-traumatic Symptoms (PROPS)
Language Options: English, Bosnian, Dutch, Finnish, [Canadian] French, German, Italian, Kinyarwandan, Persian, Spanish, Ugandan (PROPS only)
Lifetime Incidence of Traumatic Events (LITE) - Student & Parent forms
Language Options: English, Finnish, [Canadian] French, German, Persian, Spanish, Swedish
Problem Rating Scale (PRS)
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