Authors: Kyte A, Trocmé N, Chamberland C.
Differential response (DR) models have been implemented internationally since the mid-1990s as an innovative way of responding to child maltreatment. The purpose of the present article is to review the literature on DR and the implications it has for current child welfare research, policy and practice.
A review of DR studies published from 2000 to 2012 available through various social service databases was conducted. DR evaluation reports from various states were also reviewed. Salient factors are reported.
DR does not compromise child safety, positive results have been found with regards to family engagement, worker satisfaction, quicker response times and involvement with community organizations.
Rigorous methodological testing needs to be conducted to further strengthen DR findings.
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