Requesting Your Comments: Proposed Data Collection on Child Welfare Agencies' Efforts to Identify Human Trafficking
Excerpted from the Federal Register:
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing to collect data on child welfare agencies' efforts to identify human trafficking and subsequent service delivery. The goal of the study is to better understand child welfare practice in screening for human trafficking, and the degree to which screening is related to subsequent referrals for, access to, and delivery of specialized services for children identified as trafficking victims or at high-risk of trafficking.
Comments due within 60 days of publication. In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ACF is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above.
Description: ACF is proposing data collection as part of the study “Identifying and Addressing Human Trafficking in Child Welfare Agencies,” exploring child welfare practice in screening for human trafficking, and the relationship between screening and specialized services.
Primary data collection includes semi-structured qualitative interviews with state and local human trafficking coordinators (or comparable staff members with greatest knowledge about human trafficking efforts); small group interviews with casework supervisors; and case narrative interviews with caseworkers.
The interviews will be conducted by telephone (25 state agencies) and in-person (up to 8 local agencies or offices). Interview questions will be focused on how agencies select, train on, and implement screening for human trafficking, the details of screening protocols, and variations in implementation. Questions will also address the availability of specialized services for children identified as trafficking victims or at high-risk of trafficking, agency steps based on positive or suspected screening, and the process for initiating specialized services.
Respondents: State and local human trafficking coordinators, casework supervisors, and caseworkers.