Key Takeaway

Efforts to reduce child maltreatment will have a better chance for long-term success if interventions address the full range of primary factors associated with child maltreatment.

Washington State is in the process of implementing new child welfare policies based on legislation passed in the last few years. Policies include the use of Performance-Based Contracting, employing a Family Assessment Response process with families as an alternative to a Child Protective Services investigation, and the increased use of evidence-based programs. Efforts to reduce child maltreatment will have a better chance for long-term success if interventions address the full range of primary factors associated with child maltreatment. Read more about the primary factors associated with child maltreatment.