Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect
Justice Department Starts $7 Million Project on Preventing, Reducing Worst Child Welfare Outcomes
The Department of Justice is moving forward with a $7 million initiative to prevent and to better address the most serious and devastating outcomes of child maltreatment. The Child Safety Forward initiative will pair a technical assistance network with five sites over a three-year period to “develop multidisciplinary strategies and responses” that “address serious or near-death injuries as a result of child abuse or neglect and to reduce the number of child fatalities,” according to a statement put out last month by the Justice Department.
A Steady March Toward Child Fatality Prevention
Last year, the federal report Child Maltreatment 2016 found that deaths of children from abuse and neglect increased by more than 7 percent from 2015 to 2016. While this increase may be due in part to improved reporting by states, it is estimated that nearly five children are killed by abuse or neglect in the U.S.
HHS Seems Lukewarm on Proposals by Child Fatality Commission
As required by law, the Department of Health and Human Services responded last week to the many proposals offered by the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The department set aside any proposals pointed at Congress, states or another executive branch, and focused on 64 that directly involved the work of HHS.
An Upstream Approach: Using Data-Driven Home Visiting to Prevent Child Abuse
Today, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion to move 103 public health nurses from the Department of Children and Family Services to the Department of Public Health.
Child Fatality Commission Criticized from Inside and Out
After $4 million, 13 public listening sessions and eight deliberation meetings (many over the phone), the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities is closing in on adoption of final recommendations for the Obama Administration.