Reports of Child Abuse Seem To Be Falling: How Can We Know What's Really Happening?
Pollack, Daniel. Krase, Kathryn S.
New Social Worker
This article explains the difficulty in ascertaining the prevalence of child abuse before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes statistics on child abuse reporting and examines the under-reporting and over-reporting of child abuse. Social workers are urged to reintroduce the phrase “I don’t know” back into their vocabulary and are reminded that intellectual honesty implies a commitment to a sincere quest for facts by means of solid evidence.
child abuse reporting; Incidence; statistics; COVID-19; evidence based practice