Evidence-based practice in child protection services : do we have time for this?
CITATION: Shiller, U. & Strydom, M. 2018. Evidence-based practice in child protection services : do we have time for this?. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 54(4):407-420, doi:10.15270/54-4-669.
The original publication is available at http://socialwork.journals.ac.za
South Africa is experiencing a high incidence of child abuse and neglect. The care and protection of children require of social workers to deliver child protection services including compiling reports for Children’s Court hearings. This paper focuses on how the Family Assessment for Least Developed Countries (FA-LDC) instrument can be used as evidenced-based practice to assist social workers in statutory investigations. Findings indicate that this instrument directed information gathering more effectively for the finalisation of investigations. The paper concludes by indicating how the utilisation of assessment instruments can assist social workers in dealing with high caseloads