ISPCAN 2022 Paper of the Year Award for CMSN Faculty

Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

Congratulations to all the award-winning paper authors, including our own CMSN Director Christian M. Connell who co-authored with international child maltreatment colleagues a 2022 Paper of the Year!  The  Child Abuse and Neglect The International Journal recognizes author excellence, innovation and advances in the field of Child Abuse & Neglect.  This 2022 Paper of the Year and Honorable Mention Paper 1 Honorable Mention was published in Child Abuse & Neglect: "One year into COVID-19: What have we learned about child maltreatment reports and child protective service responses?"

Authors included Katz, I., Priolo-Filho, S., Katz, C., Andresen, S., Bérubé, A., Cohen, N., Christian M Connell, Delphine Collin-Vézina, Barbara Fallon, Ansie Fouche, Takeo Fujiwara, Sadiyya Haffejee, Jill E Korbin, Katie Maguire-Jack, Nadia Massarweh, Pablo Munoz, George M Tarabulsy, Ashwini Tiwari, Elmien Truter, Natalia Varela, Christine Wekerle, and Yui Yamaoka.

This international work pointing to the need to support direct contact for protection, although adaptation to virtual care occurred, CPS workers remained creative and determined to reach out. A year has passed since COVID-19 began disrupting systems. Although children are not considered a risk population for the virus, there is accumulating knowledge regarding children's escalating risk for maltreatment during the pandemic. COVID-19 created a barrier for CPS to access and protect children. The dramatic variance between the regions demonstrated how social, economic and structural contexts impact both CM reports and CPS responses.  This current study is part of a larger initiative using an international platform to examine child maltreatment (CM) reports and child protective service (CPS) responses in various countries. 

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