Commission: US Lacks Strategies to Lower Child Abuse Deaths

March 18, 2016 Comments Off on Commission: US Lacks Strategies to Lower Child Abuse Deaths

Commission: US Lacks Strategies to Lower Child Abuse Deaths  By David Crary, AP National Writer  NEW YORK  Mar 17, 2016

The United States lacks coherent, effective strategies for reducing the stubbornly high number of children who die each year from abuse and neglect, a commission created by Congress reported Thursday after two years of sometimes divisive deliberations.

According to federal data, the number of such deaths has hovered at around 1,500 to 1,600 annually in recent years. But citing gaps in how this data is compiled, the report suggests the actual number may be as high as 3,000 a year.

Commission chairman David Sanders said a goal of zero maltreatment deaths was realistic.

“We looked at the airline industry — no one accepts a plane crash anymore. We can get that way with child fatalities,” said Sanders, executive vice president of Casey Family Programs.

The report made dozens of recommendations, including expanding safe-haven programs for abandoned infants and enlisting a broader range of community organizations to help often-overburdened child protection service workers.

“We need a system that does not rely on CPS agencies alone to keep all children safe,” the report said. “Other systems become key partners, including the courts, law enforcement, the medical community, mental health, public health, and education. Even neighbors who come into regular contact with young children and families are part of a public health approach.”….

At the state level, the report decried high caseloads and stressful working conditions for child protection workers.

“Shortages of workers, funds and training may mean that inexperienced workers are tasked with making life-or-death decisions with insufficient preparation or support,” said the report….
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/commission-us-lacks-strategies-lower-child-abuse-deaths-37714322

25 celebs probed by Savile cops, Child Abuse Drops Fifth Straight Year

December 14, 2012 Comments Off on 25 celebs probed by Savile cops, Child Abuse Drops Fifth Straight Year

25 celebs probed by Savile cops
At least six more high profile figures ‘to be arrested in coming weeks’ 10th December 2012

SAVILE cops are investigating claims of alleged sex offences against a staggering 25 celebrities.

The high-profile names are said to be mostly television and radio entertainers, with at least six expected to be arrested in the coming weeks. They are named in a list of tip-offs to Operation Yewtree – the police inquiry set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse revelations. A source said: “They all tend to be white men of the Savile generation”.

The 25 celebrities are understood to have been named in phone calls to the police or to charities. Some victims will not be identified or press charges, making it difficult for the police to proceed. But cops believe there is enough evidence for at least a dozen celebrities to be detained….

About 450 potential victims have come forward since inquiry began two months ago, Scotland Yard said….
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4689140/saville-cops-probe-25-celebrities.html

Child Abuse Drops for Fifth Straight Year
By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer
NEW YORK December 12, 2012 (AP)

Reports of child abuse and neglect have dropped nationwide for the fifth consecutive year, and abuse-related child fatalities also are at a five-year low, according to new federal statistics.

The latest annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services, released Wednesday, estimates that there were 681,000 cases of child abuse or neglect across the nation in the 2011 fiscal year. That’s down from 695,000 in 2010 and from 723,000 in 2007.

“We have made excellent progress over the past five years,” said George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “But what this report tells me is that we still have 681,000 children out there who need our help.”

The number of abuse-related fatalities was estimated at 1,570 — down from 1,580 in 2010 and from 1,720 in 2007. About fourfifths of those killed were younger than 4, and parents were deemed responsible for nearly four-fifths of the deaths….
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/child-abuse-drops-straight-year-17945388

Fewer Child Abuse and Neglect Incidents for Fifth Straight Year
December 12, 2012 | ACF Public Affairs
Picture of child hiding behind door with text: Child Abuse and Neglect in DeclineThe number of reported child abuse and neglect incidents has dropped nationwide for the fifth consecutive year, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF)….

53.6 percent of the abusers were women.
48.4 percent were Caucasian, 20.2 percent were African-American, and 19.2 percent were Hispanic.
80.8 percent of the abusers were the victim’s parent.
Of the children who were reported as maltreatment victims, 11.2 percent were physically or mentally disabled….
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2012/12/fewer-child-abuse-and-neglect-incidents-for-fifth-straight-year

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