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NCJ Number: 157013 Find in a Library
Title: Nation's Shame: Fatal Child Abuse and Neglect in the United States Executive Summary
Corporate Author: US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 41
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report offers a discussion of efforts and opportunities that show promise in helping to understand and prevent child abuse and neglect fatalities.
Abstract: This document addresses: (1) the lack of knowledge concerning 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. The Board made 25 recommendations, including the following: (1) Establish a national commitment at the highest levels to understand the scope and nature of fatal child abuse and neglect; (2) Significantly increase Federal and State research efforts on the problem; (3) Increase the supply of professionals qualified to identify and investigate child abuse and neglect fatalities; (4) Create criminal investigation teams that include States, military branches, and Indian Nations; (5) Enact legislation in every State establishing child autopsy protocols; enact State statutes that define child abuse and neglect as felonies, not misdemeanors; (6) Establish Child Death Review Teams in every State, military branch, Indian Nation, and territory, with teams also at local or regional levels; (7) Enact model legislation to address confidentiality; (8) Provide an array of primary prevention services to all families; (9) Establish State and local prevention programs for men; and (10) Use family support services for prevention programs aimed at families with infants and toddlers. Figures, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Abused children; American Indians; Child fatalities; Child protection services; Child victims; Crimes against children; Crisis intervention; Family counseling; Military child protection services; Victims of Crime
Note: Fifth Report
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