Article Critique and Discussion
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Article Critique and Discussion
State the Name of the Article, Author’s Name (Reference/Citation), Information
The article’s name under review is Child Abuse Investigation: Reasons for Using Child Advocacy Centers and Suggestions for Improvement. It was prepared by three authors, Bernie Sue Newman, Derek Pendleton, and Paul L. Dannenfelser. Published in April 2005 and was integrated into the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal under volume number 22 and issue number 2. The article pages range from page number 165 to 181. The full article is available online on
Summarize the Article in a Paragraph
The Child Abuse Investigation article is a case study investigating why child protective service (CPS) and frontline law enforcement (LE) examiners prefer using Child Advocacy Centers in twenty states in the USA. The study survey is based on the responses of 290 examiners. The article presents the types of procedures used to collect responses during the study. Conclusions drawn are also well presented and categorized into small subtopics offering respondents views supporting the findings. The article further provides the respondents’ recommendations on how CACs can be more helpful and support more child abuse investigations. The requests are also supported by facts derived from CACs operations that require improvements suggested by the investigators.
Discuss the Theory(ies) utilized in the Article
The respondents believe that placing traumatized children in the CACs improves their mental state and provides them with a greater sense of belonging and protection. In addition, interrogating children in the CACs is easier because they are more open and willing to disclose accurate information on their abuse. The investigators also admitted that they relied heavily on the expertise of the CACs interviewers. Workers in the CACs are trained to handle, and question abused children while maintaining the children’s mental and emotional well-being. Their input in child abuse cases is considered an essential contribution by the LE and CPS investigators. The CACs are believed to positively impact child abuse cases, based on the center’s environment and workers.
Discuss the Purpose of the Article
First, the article demonstrates and explains most states’ motivations for CPS and LE investigators. Secondly, the report also reveals why these investigators, while working together, prefer to use CACs for their investigations. Thirdly, the articles present the investigators’ views on the need for collaboration. Fourthly, the paper ensures that the respondents offer recommendations on how CACs can be improved to meet the investigators’ requirements further. It provides a detailed summary of reasons and recommendations to increase efficiencies of child abuse investigations and ensure child abuse cases are solved quickly. Finally, the article prioritizes child’s safety and mental health while offering recommendations on describing the usefulness of CACs as a rehabilitation center.
Discuss the Importance of the Article
The article offers reliable information to the public and other states yet to use the collaborative directive on how child abuse can be solved efficiently. Secondly, the report demonstrates the importance of States establishing their own Child Advocacy Centers to safeguard children rights who have fallen victims to abuse. Thirdly, the use of LE and CPS investigators as respondents aims at providing an inside look at the collaboration process between the two organizations. Finally, the article also includes information on how CACs are failing and improvement strategies that can be used to improve the investigation operations in the twenty states in the USA.
Discuss the Overall Impact of the Article
The article serves as a guide for investigators, CACs, and state officials on how to improve their efforts towards child abuse cases. Presenting investigators’ views on the investigation process helps to motivate other investigators in different departments to collaborate and solve child abuse cases in their respective states. Demonstrations of various technologies and modes of operations in some CACs offer tips for other CACs to adopt to improve on their services. The article acts as a persuasion tool for states reluctant to embrace the collaborative approach and establish CACs to do so and actively contribute to upholding children’s rights in America. It also provides baseline data for the other states interested in using LE and CPS investigators to solve their ever-increasing child abuse cases. The article also reminds investigators of the need to consider a child’s welfare while conducting investigations. The CACs ensure that the children collaborate in the research and protect the children from mental distress and painful interrogations from the investigation.
Discuss the Implications or Application of the Article
The article offers several reasons as to why CPS and LE prefer CACs while conducting investigations. First, it suggests that CACs provide a child-friendly environment, neutralize intimidation, and offer grounds for a child to open freely. Secondly, CACs are equipped with support, interviewers’ counselors, referrals, and medics who make the investigation process run smoothly. Thirdly, the CACs have strict protocols for sexual abuse cases, making CPS and LE’s work easier. Lastly, the investigators prefer using the CACs because of the available audiovisual technologies that come in handy during the investigation process. Finally, the article suggests that CACs promote collaboration between all professionals required to solve a child abuse case. The report also implies that CACs need to revise and improv

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