COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Using Data to Understand Trends in Maltreatment and Response

Since March 2020, stay-at-home orders and deteriorating economic conditions have placed families under stress, while children home from school have diminished exposure to adults who might detect and report abuse and neglect. Some have expressed concern that these circumstances could heighten the risk of undetected maltreatment, and that an eventual return to school will result in a deluge of child maltreatment reports that could overwhelm child welfare systems. This work summarizes efforts to respond to these concerns and provide empirical guidance to child welfare system leaders. Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago CLICK HERE