Addressing the Decline in Child Abuse Reports and Supporting Child Well-Being   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Background: "Many governors have noted widespread concern about reduced reporting of child abuse and neglect during stay-at-home orders related to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. With schools closed and other mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect operating with limited capacity in many states, some states have seen reports of child abuse decline by 20-70 percent. In addition to children being less likely to encounter mandated reporters, families may be experiencing increased stress due to wage or job loss and may be spending additional, unstructured time together. Many governors have raised concerns that child abuse or neglect may go unnoticed by state agencies while schools and businesses remain closed. However, little is known about the types of cases that are currently being reported to state child welfare agencies. Governors are invested in ensuring the safety and well-being of the children in their state. Research supports that children are best served in their families and home communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for supports for families and communities to ensure the wellbeing of children. Many of the communities that are most impacted by the spread of COVID-19 are the same communities where additional supports can help ensure that families are able to remain safely together."

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