Monitoring and evaluation are essential activities for making informed decisions and guiding improvements. This brief can help child welfare agency leaders, managers, and teams partner with evaluators and data analysts to monitor and evaluate the implementation and impact of a program or other intervention and apply findings over the course of the change and implementation process. 
Brief 

Capacity Building Center for States. 2019 https://go.usa.gov/xVYjS

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Sex trafficking of children is a growing public health and social justice concern.  This report to Congress addresses three topics of particular relevance for efforts to prevent trafficking2 of minors and respond to victimized children:  (1) children who run away from foster care and their risk of trafficking victimization; (2) state efforts to provide specialized services and placements to children who are sex trafficking victims;3 and (3) state efforts to reduce children’s risk of trafficking by supporting lasting connections to caring adults.  Information in this report is based on research literature, published reports, state reports to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for federal fiscal years 2017 and 2018, state child welfare agency websites, and national data systems on children in foster care and those reported to have run away from foster care.

Gibbs, D. A. Feinberg, R. K. Dolan, M. Latzman, N. E. Misra, S. Domanico, R. RTI International. United States Administration for Children and Families.

2018 https://www.cwla.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Child-Welfare-System-Response-to-Sex-Trafficking-of-Children-Aug2019.pdf

International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry - May 11, 2019

Among various health professionals, general dental professionals (GDPs) screen children frequently, giving them a unique opportunity to act upon suspicion of child maltreatment. The dental team has received considerable attention regarding safeguarding children.  The aims of this study were to explore whether GDPs have mutual collaboration and communication with the Child Welfare Services (CWS), and potential barriers for reporting child maltreatment.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ipd.12507

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Child Trends Introduces New Tool in Comparable Child Welfare Data

Chronicle of Social Change - March 08, 2019

Child Trends has released a new tool that offers browsers a robust collection of data around child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregivers and adoption for all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. The figures are drawn from the most recent Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report, the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources. All the information is pegged to national trendlines for comparison purposes.

Tool: State-level data for understanding child welfare in the United States: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/state-level-data-for-understanding-child-welfare-in-the-united-states

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/brand-new-tool-in-comparable-child-welfare-data/34137

Published in Data & Technology
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 14:03

ABOUT CAPTA - A Legislative History

About CAPTA: A Legislative History
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the key federal legislation addressing child abuse and neglect, was most recently amended in 2018. Read a summary on its legislative history.

Published in Children's Justice Act

The attached article is an excellent summary of concerns about Child Abuse Pediatric practice with some strong and well-grounded recommendations for improvements in practice (including recommendations that are consistent with Diane Redleaf's book <https://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A5865C>and the report on Medical Ethics Concerns in Physical Child Abuse Investigations <https://www.familydefensecenter.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Medical-Ethics-Concerns-in-Physical-Child-Abuse-Investigations-corrected-reposted.pdf>.

It was written by Andrew Brown who co-chairs United Family Advocates and Diane Redleaf and leads child and family advocacy at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Andrew has been involved in legislative reform efforts in this area and in child welfare generally in Texas and it is exciting to see this area of our work starting to get some significant attention.

Diane Redleaf

 

Author, *They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families At Risk (ABC-Clio (Praeger, October 2018);*

 

Founder, Executive Director, Legal Director, Family Defense Center, Chicago IL(2005-2017);

 

Principal, Family Defense Consulting: providing consultation to attorneys and advocates in the child  welfare system, expert witness services, individual advice and referrals to families, and public speaking and writing on topics related to family rights and issues in the child welfare system;

 

Co-chair, United Family Advocates (national policy advocacy coalition);

 

Award-winning non-profit leader.

Published in Parents' Attorneys
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 16:42

Preventing Child Neglect Training Series

Developed by CANTASD and the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds, the Preventing Child Neglect training series raises public awareness and understanding of child maltreatment, its causes, protective factors that help shield children and families, and manageable steps that each of us can take to help reduce the likelihood of child neglect. The training videos build upon each other and are designed to be viewed in sequential order. Each training video comes with a robust discussion toolkit that includes learning objectives, guidance for individual or group learning, a reflection journal, and links to additional resources.

 

Trainings

Training 1: Explore the Basics
The first training lays the foundation for the series by providing an overview of child neglect, types of neglect, and factors that influence how we take care of our children. 
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Training 2: Fact or Fiction? 
Training 2 shares key facts about child neglect and considers why some common assumptions may need closer examination.
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Training 3: Everyone’s Responsibility
Training 3 explores how protective factors can shield individuals and families from the risk factors of neglect.
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Training 4: What We All Can Do
Training 4 provides manageable steps and strategies at each level of the social ecological model to reduce the likelihood of child neglect. One person can make a difference. 
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The National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD) is a service of the Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse & Neglect, Administration for Children and FamiliesU.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 
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Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.
Curry, Susan J.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
2018
JAMA
320(20)p. 2122-2128
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2716570

 

Abstract

Importance  In 2016, approximately 676 000 children in the United States experienced maltreatment (abuse, neglect, or both), with 75% of these children experiencing neglect, 18% experiencing physical abuse, and 8% experiencing sexual abuse. Approximately 14% of abused children experienced multiple forms of maltreatment, and more than 1700 children died as a result of maltreatment.

Objective  To update the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) 2013 recommendation on primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment.

Evidence Review  The USPSTF commissioned a review of the evidence on primary care interventions to prevent maltreatment in children and adolescents without signs or symptoms of maltreatment.

 

Click the link above to read the full article.

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Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Get Strategies to Improve Health, Well-Being, and Opportunities for Children and Adults

CDC invites you to explore Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences, a new online training to help understand, recognize, and prevent ACEs.

ACEs affect children and families across all communities. They can have long-term effects on health, wellness, and life opportunities for adults. The good news is ACEs are preventable.

Develop knowledge and insights to prevent ACEs. Training topics include:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences, Brain Development, and Toxic Stress
  • The ACE Study
  • Prevalence and Consequences of ACEs
  • Risk and Protective Factors for ACEs
  • Essentials for Childhood: Assuring Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments

Learn more about how to create healthier lives for all children in this accredited training. Continuing Education Units are available.

 

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