Center for Healthy Children


2018 CAPTA Congressional Briefing Summary

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is up for reauthorization and legislators across the aisle seek to amend and strengthen the law in this process. The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network responded to Congress' needs for scientific information about strategies to prevent maltreatment before it occurs by co-organizing a congressional briefing event and creating a written brief. This brief describes the current research pertaining to the cost of maltreatment, a framework for prevention strategies, and the need for further evaluation of prevention services.

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Preventing Human Trafficking Brief

Awareness about human trafficking and the factors that make individuals and communities vulnerable has increased, but prevention efforts designed to proactively address known risk factors are lacking.

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Issues Related to Protective Service Record Expungement and Destruction Brief

Pennsylvania State Senate Bill 9381 seeks to revise the expungement process for Protective Service (PS) records by allowing local agencies to maintain records internally that aid with “risk and safety assessment and research”. Pennsylvania’s current expunction law requires the destruction of all paper and digital records of the investigation after some time, including the relatively expedient destruction of unsubstantiated case files.

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2018 CAPTA Congressional Briefing Event

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.

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