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Progress Report: The Department Still Lacks Data Needed to Assess the Child Safety Administrative Review Process, Report No. 02-65, December 2002
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The Department of Children and Families is still working to develop an information system that can provide the data needed to determine if it is taking appropriate and adequate measures to prevent further harm to abused and neglected children.  The department planned to implement the needed component to its HomeSafenet information system by October 2002.  However, its implementation has been put on hold.  Until the department puts the Child Safety Assessment component in place and conducts appropriate data verification, it will lack data needed to assess the effectiveness of its administrative review process.  As a result and more than three years later, the Legislature continues to lack assurance that its mandate that the department closely examine at-risk children is having the intended effect.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 01-06 Performance Review: Client Characteristics and Outcomes Are Similar for Both Administrative and Judicial Review of Child Abuse Cases, published in February 2001.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-03 Special Report: DCF Needs to Improve Child Protection Staff Training and Clarify DCF and Lead Agency Roles, published in January 2004.
  • Report No. 02-16 Progress Report of Justification Review: Child Protection Program, Department of Children and Families, published in March 2002.
  • Report No. 01-14 Justification Review: Child Protection Program, published in March 2001.
  • Report No. 99-20 Status Report: Department of Children and Families’ Child Protective Investigation Administrative Review Process, published in December 1999.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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