Systematic approaches to assessment in child protection investigations: A literature review:

Published on May 1, 2021in International Social Work1.349
· DOI :10.1177/0020872819828333
Svein Arild Vis8
Estimated H-index: 8
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Camilla Lauritzen10
Estimated H-index: 10
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Sturla Fossum13
Estimated H-index: 13
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Abstract
The primary aim of this study is to summarise research findings about the use of assessment frameworks, that is, structured models that guide information collection and decision making in child pro...
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