Center for Healthy Children
Preventing Child Maltreatment through CAPTA
In the House
Tue. Dec. 4, 2-3pm, 421 Cannon
In the Senate
Wed. Dec. 5, 11:30am – 12:30pm, 385 Russell
Child abuse and neglect affects 1 in 8 children by age 18 and is incredibly costly with an estimated economic burden of $124 billion tied to new cases every year. Although substantial advances have been made to understand how to prevent maltreatment before it occurs, there is little investment in effective prevention strategies. For instance, roughly 40% of children reported for suspected maltreatment are re-reported, even if the initial case was determined unsubstantiated. Although some prevention strategies have demonstrated effectiveness, there have been modest reductions in reported incidences of physical abuse and neglect, and even fewer prevention strategies have reduced sexual abuse incidence. The reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) presents an opportunity to leverage and strengthen innovative and effective approaches for preventing maltreatment occurrence and recurrence.
To respond to policymakers’ questions regarding research on child maltreatment prevention, the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network hosted a congressional briefing and produced a written brief. The briefing described research to date on preventing child abuse and neglect, then highlighted case examples from states implementing prevention programs that aim to coordinate evidence-based programs across local health and human services. The panel described (1) research on prevention, including costs associated with NOT preventing child maltreatment, (2) an example of local, multi-systemic coordination for primary prevention, and (3) an example of a targeted intervention that diverts non-maltreatment cases toward prevention services and out of child protective services. Subsequently, a former child protective service worker and a child abuse survivor described how their experiences correspond with community-based, prevention strategies.
Too Little is Done to Prevent the Costly Problem of Child Maltreatment Jennie Noll, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, Penn State University PDF Video
Targeting At-Risk Children and Families with Prevention Services Dan Comer, Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Colorado PDF Video
First-hand Experience as a Case Worker, Foster Parent, and Researcher Sarah Font, Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, Penn State University PDF Video
Q & A Session Video