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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.