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  March 2001

Keeping Children Safe: OJJDPs Child Protection Division

Thomas Cullen


The Mission of the Child Protection Division

Child Protection Projects and Initiatives


For Further Information

This Bulletin was prepared by Thomas Cullen, a Writer-Editor with the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse..

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime.

A Message From OJJDP

There are few things that are more disturbing than the abuse and exploitation of children by the very adults who are responsible for protecting and nurturing them.

More than two decades of research have indicated a connection between childhood maltreatment and delinquency. More recent research confirms the harm inflicted on children who are subjected to family and community violence. In recognition of the need to bring child protection to the forefront of our Nations efforts to prevent delinquency, OJJDP established a Child Protection Division (CPD).

This Bulletin describes CPD and its efforts to safeguard children by supporting research and programs on child victimization and exposure to violence; providing information and training and technical assistance to State, local, and community-based agencies; and developing and demonstrating effective child protection initiatives. The Bulletin also discusses the rationale for OJJDPs work in the areas of missing and exploited children and child maltreatment and describes the scope of the activities of the division.

Protecting children is the responsibility of every adult. Through its Child Protection Division, OJJDP provides the guidance, support, and leadership needed to help families and communities to carry out that important responsibility.


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