CAPTA Citizen Review Panels 101.
CRP Tip Sheet ; 1.
National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center. United States. Children’s Bureau.
Fact Sheet Federal Publication/Policy
Published: May 2015
Sponsoring Organization: United States. Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.
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This federally funded brief explains Citizen Review Panels (CRPs) were developed in response to a requirement set forth in the 1996 reauthorization for the Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA), section 106 (c). The CRPs are directed to evaluate State child welfare agencies and make recommendations for improvement in child protective services. In doing so, they are to assess how well the State is coordinating adoption and foster care programs and how child fatalities are reviewed. A key requirement for the CRP is to submit an annual report which details its work for the year and makes recommendations for improvement or changes in child protective services. The State child welfare agency is required to respond to this report within six months. Information is provided on the composition of the CRPs, key requirements of the CPRs, the impact of CRPs on child welfare services, and examples of CRP work in different States. The brief closes with tips for CRP operation including ensuring CRPs be given access to information, consulted early in the policy development process, given feedback about their recommendations, provided staff and other logistical support, and connected to the child welfare agency but not controlled by it. Additional resources are listed. 1 reference.
Citizen review boards; AGENCY OVERSIGHT; CHILD WELFARE REFORM; GUIDELINES; AGENCY PRACTICE; PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION