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NCJ Number: 152876 Find in a Library
Title: National Child Protection Act of 1993
Author(s): N S Davis
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Assoc
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: American Bar Assoc
Ctr on Children and the Law
1800 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This memorandum answers some basic questions about the National Child Protection Act (NCPA) of 1993 and summarizes its provisions, based on inquiries received by the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law.
Abstract: In particular, individuals have asked whether the NCPA requires child care and youth service organizations to conduct national criminal record checks on their workers. The memorandum indicates that the NCPA does not mandate criminal checks on youth service organization workers. Instead, the NCPA enhances the existing national background check system from which child care placement and child care organizations may be required to obtain information on workers and volunteers. The NCPA builds on the criminal record system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and encourages States to authorize the use of criminal record checks on persons who work with children. It requires State criminal justice agencies to report or index child abuse crime information in the FBI's criminal record system, defines child abuse, requires the Attorney General to oversee child abuse reporting and indexing, mandates child abuse reporting timetables, and directs the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to study convicted child abuse offenders. Provisions of the NCPA that deal with State action on FBI checks and funding are described. The text of the National Child Protection Act is included. 7 footnotes
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Background investigations; Child abuse reporting statutes; Child protection laws; Computers; Courts; Criminal justice information systems; Juvenile victims; Police
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