ERIC Number: ED393571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Nation's Shame: Fatal Child Abuse and Neglect in the United States. A Report of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect. Fifth Report. Executive Summary.
United States Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, Washington, DC.
The U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect was established under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). In its annual reports, the Board is charged with evaluating the nation's efforts to accomplish the purpose of CAPTA and to propose recommendations about ways those efforts can be improved. Noting that every day, five young children die of abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents or caregivers, this Executive Summary provides highlights from the Board's report on existing efforts and opportunities that aid in understanding child abuse and neglect fatalities. The four chapters of the summary address: (1) the lack of knowledge over the scope and nature of child abuse and neglect fatalities; (2) the need for better investigation and prosecution and for major efforts to improve and train front-line professionals; (3) the encouraging emergence of Child Death Review Teams; and (4) the need for more aggressive efforts to protect children and facilitate community-based family services and primary prevention efforts to help families live safe and healthy lives. Also summarized are the Board's 26 recommendations for addressing problems in various arenas that constitute the child welfare system, including: (1) establishing an national commitment to addressing the problem of abuse and neglect fatalities; (2) increasing the number of professionals qualified to identify and investigate such fatalities; and (3) using family support funding for prevention. (HTH)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Change Strategies, Child Abuse, Child Caregivers, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Safety, Child Welfare, Community Involvement, Death, Family Programs, Homicide, Integrated Services, Investigations, Law Enforcement, Parents, Prevention, Program Improvement, Social Problems, Social Services, State Legislation, Training, Young Children
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: United States Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Autopsies; Cause of Death; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act; Family Preservation Services; Family Support
Note: For the full report summarized here, see PS 024 030.