Steps Forward: First Progress Report on Within Our Reach, A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, The Final Report of the Federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Executive Summary.
University of San Diego. Children's Advocacy Institute. Within Our Reach. Casey Family Programs.
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Published: January 2018
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This executive summary discusses a report on the progress of States in implementing 114 recommendations by the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) intended to prevent child abuse and neglect fatalities. For the evaluation, the Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI) and the Within Our Reach office at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities conducted research and surveyed the States to identify comprehensive information about child maltreatment fatality prevention efforts occurring between March 2016 and May 2017 that are consistent with the Commission's recommendations. Where possible, the report identifies which CECANF recommendation each activity implements or is in harmony with. Fatality prevention implementation activities are organized within the four categories the Commission used: Leadership and Accountability, Decisions Grounded in Better Data and Research, Multidisciplinary Support for Families, and Populations in Need of Special Attention. Findings indicate every State has engaged in at least one action or activity that specifically addresses or is consistent with one or more of the Commission's 114 recommendations. Data show 5 States (Arizona, California, Michigan, Minnesota and Montana) are engaged in activities that address all four categories of the Commission's fatality prevention recommendations, 15 are engaged in action encompassing three categories, 19 are engaged in activities addressing two categories, and 12 States have activities in one category. In total, the review identified more than 180 different child maltreatment fatality prevention efforts at the State and community levels, each reflecting one or more of the Commission's recommendations. The passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and Talia's Law at the federal level is noted, as well as proposed legislation relating to the Commission's recommendations. 4 figures and 16 references.
child abuse; child neglect; child fatalities; prevention programs; program implementation; guidelines; state programs; evidence based practice; leadership; accountability; multidisciplinary teams; interdisciplinary approach; data analysis