National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System

Senate Bill Seeks Better Data on Child Abuse Deaths


Child Abuse, Fatalities from Abuse and Neglect, Trending Upward

While the number of child neglect and sexual abuse cases continues to trend downward, America saw an uptick in maltreatment-related fatalities and the number of documented physical abuse cases, according to an annual report by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.


Policy and Practice Changes Form Around National Strategy to Reduce Fatalities and Improve Child Safety

When the President and Congress asked the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) to develop a national strategy to eliminate child maltreatment fatalities in 2014, we knew the task would not be easy.


Our Inadequate Response to an Underestimated Problem

If we found out a public health crisis was three to four times greater than previously known, how quickly would Congress authorize emergency spending to combat it? I certainly hope it would not wait for the next budget debate, or make the response budget neutral.


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.


Putting Differential Response into Perspective

The efficacy of Family Assessment Response (differential response) in Minnesota is being questioned after the maltreatment death of a young child who had been the subject of an Investigative Response and several Family Assessment Responses.


Capitol View on Kids: Federal Budget for Children Decreasing

Federal spending on children fell by $2 billion in fiscal 2011 in comparison to fiscal year 2010, according to a  report by the Urban Institute, “Kids Share 2012: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children through 2011” (