Child abuse and neglect

The child welfare field is still pondering the impacts.


Use of Foster Care Went Down During the First Pandemic Year. Did Maltreatment?

Nationwide, foster care numbers dropped in the first months of the pandemic, but the child welfare field is still pondering the impacts.


What Was Judge Judy Like Before Her TV Show? Even Tougher.

The Chronicle of Social Change recently sat down with New York State Senator Diane Savino, an outspoken, influential Staten Island Democrat. We mostly discussed pending legislation, but the conversation took a brief detour toward an even more outspoken, infamous New Yorker: Judge Judith Sheindlin AKA Judge Judy from TV.


How Much Does Child Abuse Cost? Study Says $400K Over a Lifetime

Child maltreatment is often measured by lives forever scarred by trauma and families torn apart, but a new study estimates that each case of abuse also carries a hefty price tag.

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YSI: A Rocky Road to No Consensus for Fatalities Commission

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities finished its report to Congress at the last minute. It is already clear that the path to completion left some commissioners and staff with a bad taste in their mouth about the process.


Emotional Abuse Is Inadequately Defined and Measured

By Sara Oon In Michigan, 46 percent of child abuse victims in 2013 suffered from emotional abuse, according to the 2013 report on child abuse and neglect data collected by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System.


Checklists, Big Data and the Virtues of Human Judgment

Los Angeles County struggles to strike the right balance between human judgment and increasingly sophisticated predictive tools when determining the risk that a child will be abused.   On weekdays, calls to Los Angeles County’s child abuse hotline reach their peak between 2 p.m.


    Social Worker Training Is Paying Off For MSW Students

    By Sarah Thomas In 2014, Los Angeles County’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection issued a scathing report that pointed out that the social workers investigating emergency cases of child abuse and neglect were often the least experienced.


    Protective Factors Approaches in Child Welfare

    This issue brief provides an overview of protective factors approaches to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. It is designed to help policymakers, administrators, child welfare and related professionals, service providers, advocates, and other interested individuals understand the concepts of risk and protective factors in families and communities and learn ways in which building protective factors can help to lessen risks for child abuse and neglect.