Child Protective Services (CPS) is a common name for a government agency that is responsible for ensuring the safety of children. In general, CPS conducts an investigation when there is a report of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and/or emotional abuse. CPS will go to the home and assess the situation. Depending on the situation, CPS can offer voluntary services to maintain family preservation or in cases where the children are at risk of harm, the children are removed from the home while the parents are required to participate in community services for family reunification (CWLA, 2007).
Organization’s Culture and Influence on Ethical Practices
The organization’s culture places an emphasis on a family centered framework that believes in eight principles. The first principle is that all children should be able to grow up in a safe and stable home. Secondly, it is implied most parents want to keep their children safe but some parents need to build on their family strengths. Thirdly, all families are different in culture, race and values. Fourth and fifth, when families are involved in CPS, CPS is responsible for finding permanency for the children and family engagement is more likely to occur if the family is involved in the process. Sixth, if parents are not able to protect their children from harm, CPS has the obligation to intervene for the child’s well-being. Next, if children have to be removed from their home, CPS should create and work on a permanency plan. Lastly, the permanency plan should be achieved as soon as possible (US Dept of Health and Human Services, 2013).
The NASW Code of Ethics are professional standards created by the National Association of Social Workers for social workers. The Code of Ethics has ethical standards that can help social workers solve unethical conflicts that arise from the family centered practice. The ethical standards include CPS responsibility to commitment to the family, encouragement, competence, diversity, and confidentiality (Children’s Bureau and Salus, D, 2003). The main practice for CPS is family centered where services are offered to families to enhance their ability to provide appropriate care to the children. However, the emphasis on this practice can lead to potentially unethical conduct because there is little evidence to prove the effectiveness of this approach. Therefore, the process is geared towards family but the process may be prolonged because the services offered may not be the most effective, as they are not evidence-based, and parents may not be accomplishing the required behavior changes for family reunification. To resolve the practice issue, the family-centered and evidence-based practices should be integrated to maintain the family-centered practice but the services offered are based on evidence and accelerate the permanency plan. An evidence-based approach measures the validity and reliability of research. Validity is measured by the correlation of the service offered and its...