Magazine article Policy & Practice

NAPCWA and APHSA Respond to National Report on Eliminating Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Magazine article Policy & Practice

NAPCWA and APHSA Respond to National Report on Eliminating Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

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In March, the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) issued its report, Within Our Reach, A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. CECANF was established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing child fatalities resulting from abuse and neglect. Beginning in 2014, 12 commissioners, appointed by the President and Congress, began a two-year process of holding public hearings in 11 jurisdictions to learn more about the issue and what was being done to reduce instances of child fatalities.

The report included recommendations for states, the administration, and Congress as part of the proposed national strategy. These include the need for better data to obtain an accurate count of child abuse and neglect fatalities, an administration-led effort to support the sharing of real-time information among key partners such as child protective services and law enforcement, and joint congressional committee hearings on child safety, providing resources to states, and policies that promote innovative practices. …

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