ERIC Number: ED176498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May-23
Reference Count: 0
Military Child Advocacy Programs--Victims of Neglect. Report to the Congress of the United States by the Comptroller General.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The report discusses the efforts of the U.S. military services to deal with child abuse and neglect in military families. Child advocacy programs were visited and evaluated along criteria in five areas: prevention and identification, intake and assessment, treatment, followup, and reporting. Fundamental differences in the services' child advocacy programs are described. The Department of Defense (DOD)'s limited involvement with the military child advocacy programs is cited, and obstacles to cooperation between military child advocacy programs and civilian social welfare programs are noted. Among conclusions reported are that each of the three military services has established its own program to deal with child maltreatment without any overall DOD guidance, leading to inconsistent policies. Recommendations made for improving the child advocacy programs include giving greater priority and resources to the programs while increasing education and training efforts. Reporting problems are cited, and a recommendation is made for establishing a single DOD policy concerning reporting procedures. (CL)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Advocacy, Child Neglect, Exceptional Child Research, Identification, Intervention, Military Personnel, Military Service, Prevention, Program Evaluation, Recordkeeping
U.S. General Accounting Office, Distribution Section, Room 1518, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20548 (single copy free); For multiple copies: U.S. General Accounting Office, Distribution Section, P.O. Box 1020, Washington, D.C. 20013 ($1.00 per copy, include check or money order)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.