and long-term negative outcomes
. Protecting children from maltreatment should be a clear priority, and there is substantial
opportunity for making improvements in child protective services (CPS) to better serve
those who they are tasked with protecting. Making progress in this effort requires
a closer inspection of the processes in place to identify those children in danger
of being harmed and of the potential effectiveness of the current system. Kim and
JAACAP paper examined CPS records to create U.S. estimates for child maltreatment onset
and recurrence for children from birth to age 11 years
. Over one-third of children are estimated to have a report “screened-in” for investigation
or assessment by CPS, and after an initial report is made regarding a child, the probability
of a subsequent report is nearly 1 in 2. This alarming rate of maltreatment recurrence
points to potential areas for improvement.
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Dr. Humphreys received salary support from the Jacobs Foundation (2017-1261-05) and the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood (19-0002VU).
Disclosure: Dr. Humphreys has reported grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and additional research projects funded by the Jacobs Foundation.
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