Evaluating the likelihood of future maltreatment is a critical component of decision
making in the child protective service process. A relatively recent phenomenon is
the use of formal risk-assessment instruments for the collection of specific, generally
quantifiable, data to help in this assessment. We compare the risk variables assessed
in eight instruments currently employed and include results from a literature review
to determine the empirical basis for use of the identified risk factors. The instruments
differ in the variables included, and there is little empirical support for most of the
included variables. However, subsets of" variables can be identified that are common
to most instruments and that have empirical support.
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McDonald, Thomas P. (1990) A review of risk factors assessed in child protective services. Social Service Review, 65 (2), 112-132.