The Sounding Board

In this installment of The Sounding Board, Dee Wilson reviews what we know about chronic maltreatment and how to stop the path to it


Safety Science is Good for Aviation, But in Child Welfare, it Won’t Fly

In child welfare, genuine safety science demands a method that can spot the errors in all directions, including wrongful removal, writes Richard Wexler.

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2020 Child Maltreatment Data: A Breakdown

An annual federal report on child maltreatment confirms what other data has already suggested: That during the first six months of the coronavirus pandemic, reports and investigations of abuse and neglect plummeted, in large part due to the absence of child care workers and school personnel from the lives of many children in that time frame. 


Mandated Reporters Need Training on Context, Critical Thinking

Around the country, child welfare systems large and small have built a front door to child protection that relies heavily on information provided to the state from the public, especially from “mandated reporters” such as school officials, doctors and police officers. 


Common Tax Credit Associated With Lower Maltreatment Reports

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The government’s largest antipoverty program does more than simply make it easier for families to make ends meet. Known as the earned income tax credit, it also results in a significant drop in reported child maltreatment, according to a new federally funded study by researchers from the University of Washington.

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A Bipartisan Bill To Bolster Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

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Citing a “troubling rise” in child abuse and negect since 2010, a bipartisan bill out of the House Education and Labor Committee would at least temporarily explode spending under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), and puts forth some other federal provisions that are sure to prompt a lively discussion. 

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    Number of Child Abuse and Neglect Victims Reached Record Low in 2019

    As America headed into the coronavirus pandemic, the number of children who were confirmed to have been victims of abuse or neglect fell to its lowest point in a long time, perhaps more than two decades, according to the annual report released today by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). 


    While Child Abuse Call Centers Grew Quiet, Helpline Requests Surged

    Quesetta Bell has been a call specialist at the 2-1-1 call center in Akron, Ohio, for a year now. On an average day, she said, an operator in her position might get between 80 and 150 calls, anything from a query about city services to reports of downed power lines.


    After Pandemic, We Must Prevent the Net from Widening on Black Families

    The child protective services sector already struggles in many ways relating to child safety, permanency, well-being and equity. A system that already had issues with demystifying dependency court hearings, reunifying families, strengthening parenting capacity and prioritizing equity is now carrying an even heavier weight: the strain from the coronavirus.