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Service Delivery Planning for Child Maltreatment

Service Delivery Planning for Child Maltreatment

Jamiah Riddick

Walden University

FPSY – 6206; Family Violence

Dr. Millimen

March 28th, 2021

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

Child abuse and neglect from caregivers that may result in possible child harm all act as maltreatment to a child, whether it’s physical, sexual, educational, or psychological among others. It is hard for child maltreatment to be ed therefore concerned people such as; pediatricians and good neighbors should be on the watch out for any signs and symptoms. These signs and symptoms include; frequent injuries, lack of medical care, fear in the child, and excessive absenteeism at school among others. There are many initiatives one could come up with to deal with these problems with an initiative to end any form of corporal punishment as is the aim of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) (Meinck, F. Et al., 2016). APSAC has a purpose to provide treatment that is in-depth to child maltreatment important topics. This paper will contain recommendations to the court for a service delivery plan based on the APSAC (Meinck, F. Et al., 2016).

Goals of service delivery planning

The level of services and types to be provided in particular situations to manage and meet certain needs is what is described as service delivery plans. Service delivery planning exists with a goal and objective to ensure the processes in operation have binding rules to ensure successful planning and solution to whatever might be facing the community for it to come into plan. For child maltreatment service delivery plan works with the aim of ensuring the child is healthy and safe and in the right hands, their well-being is being considered as first-hand matter and that the situation of not being maltreated is permanent.

For safety, whatever form of maltreating a child is facing considers the child unsafe. In terms of health, maltreating associates itself with poor health both mental and physical also been linked to suicidal thoughts among other self-harm actions, depressions, anxiety, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases (Meinck, F. Et al., 2016). The goal of service delivery planning to intervene with child maltreatment is generally to ensure that the child is comfortable with their stay and promote their well-being and keep them safe from all the possible harm that may result from maltreatment. Moreover, they have a goal in permanency, where the caregiver is also looked at and intervention is planned for them too to ensure they do not fall for harming their child.

Evidence-based Psychosocial Interventions

Perpetrators in most cases are usually parents and other caregivers to the child but they basically are the people that permitted for a child’s maltreatment. Maltreatment causes a lot of harm to victims, not only healthy ones but also psychosocial, fear, distrust, isolation feelings which might cause other long-life psychological consequences that might show up as difficulties in education, depression, low self-esteem, and some troubles in making friends and any form of relationships as well as difficulty in maintaining them. This is when evidence-based psychosocial interventions step in. The interventions focus on maximizing the effectiveness of the psychological intervention via adherence to certain principles that are informed by clinical expertise, characteristics of the victim or perpetrator, and any other empirical findings. Psychosocial interventions include motivational enhancement, coordination of child care, structured counseling, psychotherapy, management of cases, and many others.

Examples of Evidence-based Psychosocial Interventions

Psychotherapy and Structured counseling are some of the evidence-based psychological interventions which could work for the victims, perpetrator, and even the rest of the members of the family. According to (Yates, 2013), there are accredited programs that have been mandated to train counselors on critically evaluating different research articles and understand best practices so as to ensure they are able to come up with evidence-informed decisions. Also, coordination of child care is a vital evidence-based intervention. Other examples include s on child abuse investigation by state child protection agencies, medical attention of physical and psychological injuries and other clinical treatments, self-help interventions, and services, taking legal actions against the perpetrator, and safekeeping child by removing them or offender from the same home.

Seven ASPAC evidence-based practice guidelines

The guidelines on the various practices that are evidence-based address in many ways, the needs and problems of a child’s family members and perpetrators. To begin with, perpetrators are counseled and therefore there is some assurance that they may not repeat the same especially if it is a case handled legally, they are either warned of their child’s custody or it is taken from them depending on the weight of the case. Many parents would not want to lose their children thus safety at such a point is assured. Child abuse and neglect not only show physical and emotional effects on children but also on adults, that is the family members and perpetrators causing health problems as well as developmental harm (Peshevska, Tozija, Jordanova, Vaskova & Vaskova, 2016). Therefore, while paying attention to solutions for these, all involved should be looked at.


Meinck, F., et al. (2016). Measuring and monitoring national prevalence of child maltreatment: a practical handbook.

Peshevska, D. J., Tozija, F., Jordanova, T., Vaskova, P., & Vaskova, I. (2016). Implementing sustainable development goals by preventing child abuse and neglect.

Yates, C. (2013). Evidence-based practice: The components, history, and process. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation4(1), 41-54.