ERIC Number: ED452992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A State Call to Action: Working To End Child Abuse and Neglect in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts KIDS COUNT, Boston.
Although Massachusetts ranks in the top 10 percent among states on several key indicators of child well-being, the state's growing incidence of child maltreatment is stark and confounding. This report launches a state call to action aimed at ending child maltreatment through revising and strengthening systems to protect children, providing support and education for families of young children to prevent abuse/neglect, and providing therapeutic and other services to allow abused/neglected children and their families to recover as fully as possible. The report is presented in six sections. Section 1 presents information on the incidence of abuse/neglect and its impact on children. Section 2 examines key causes and links between abuse and domestic violence, substance abuse, and homelessness. Section 3 addresses key proposals to modify the child protection network, including developing a multi-track system for differential response to abuse/neglect cases, depending on seriousness. Section 4 details recommendations for improving treatment and support for abused/neglected children and their families, including promoting schools as safe havens and healing places for abused, neglected, and traumatized children. Section 5 focuses on prevention, proposing the building of a strong infrastructure of family supports across the state to address family needs early so that state intervention could be avoided or reduced. Section 6 identifies child maltreatment as the common denominator underlying serious social problems that translate into enormous fiscal costs for society; the section calls for a commitment to ensure effective treatment for abused/neglected children, to strengthen state systems charged with the care and protection of these children, and to expand family support and prevention services significantly. The report's three appendices detail the activities of work groups related to the Summit Initiative on Child Protection and Family Support, list the participants of the Summit Initiative, and delineate child maltreatment numbers by city/town in Massachusetts for 1997. (Contains 292 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Adoption, Alcoholism, Change Strategies, Child Abuse, Child Development, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Children, Family Violence, Foster Care, Homeless People, Incidence, Intervention, Legal Problems, Prevention, Sexual Abuse, Social Services, State Programs, Substance Abuse, Well Being
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts KIDS COUNT, Boston.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts