Working with the Courts in Child Protection

Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series

About the Course:

This course is based on a manual that was designed to provide guidance on child protection practices. This manual explains court processes most relevant to child abuse and neglect cases. It introduces concepts and terminology associated with the courts, describes the key court processes, and presents practical information to help child protective services caseworkers prepare for court litigation. Specific chapters address: the general or common court system; the powers of the court and the rights of parents and children in child maltreatment cases; the interplay between child maltreatment legislation and caseworker practice; the juvenile court process; the criminal court process; domestic relations issues relevant to court proceedings. Resources for obtaining further information are also included.

Journal/Publisher:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Publication Date:

2006

Authors

The Honorable William G. Jones; Bragg, H. Lien, M.S.W. (contributor)

About the Authors:

The Honorable William G. Jones is a retired juvenile and family court judge who served for 25 years for the Mecklenburg County District Court hearing child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, and other family court cases. He has been a long-time member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and its Permanency Planning and Family Violence Departments. In Charlotte, North Carolina, Judge Jones was instrumental in the establishment of the Guardian ad Litem Program, the Children’s Law Center, a Supervised Exchange and Visitation Center, and the Family Court. He continues to sit as an emergency judge in North Carolina, serves on two court-appointed panels charged with monitoring compliance by child welfare agencies with U.S. District Court injunctions, and acts as a consultant to various communities and programs regarding children and families in the courts.

H. Lien Bragg, M.S.W., is a former consultant with Caliber, an ICF International Company. She has over a decade of social service work experience. Ms. Bragg has served in a variety of victim and community service capacities, including providing technical assistance to State and local public child welfare and human service agencies regarding the intersection of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the workings of the judicial system in child protection cases. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the basic principles child advocates need to know in order to successfully work with the courts.

  2. Describe the processes involved in the workings of the juvenile and criminal courts.

  3. Identify the ways child advocates can best help to improve court procedures.

  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of terminology used in court proceedings.

  5. Apply information presented to specific court-related cases involving child abuse and maltreatment.

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