Liability in child welfare

Nora Gustavsson, Sandra Kopels

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Child welfare workers and agencies are vulnerable to lawsuits. Recent court rulings have more clearly defined the liability of workers. The distinguishing variable is custody. Children injured while in the custody of the state are entitled to sue for damages. Children injured by their parent, even if under the supervision of a child welfare agency, are not entitled to claim a violation of their 14th Amendment rights. These cases are reviewed and strategies designed to minimize vulnerability are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-467
Number of pages11
JournalChild & Adolescent Social Work Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences


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