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Message ID: 8770
Date: 2010-12-29

Author:Betty Wade Coyle

Subject:Question About Declining Rates of Abuse

For those on the list who are interested in data showing child abuse and neglect rates might be interested in: 1. The following link to Protect's (National Association to Protect Children's) commentary on Virginia statistics: http://www.protect.org/tools/newswire/161-national/1234-reports-of-declining-abuse-rates-outrageous 2. Virginia is now posting more CPS information by locality and it can be found by scrolling down to Children on the link below and clicking on CPS Accountability Reports http://www.dss.virginia.gov/geninfo/reports/index.html Statistics of interest are: * the high number of cases that are not accepted or screened out; * the tremendous variability from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in how many cases are assessed (and for national purposes not counted); * the number of cases investigated; and of those cases * the number of cases founded. Rates could be going down for a number of reasons other than the simple conclusion that the actual rates of abuse and neglect are going down. For example, in recent years many agencies have found new ways to classify cases (i.e. Virginia added the assessment track in which cases are never founded and immediately cut abuse rates significantly). Another factor impacting rates indirectly is the number of cases that overworked and under-resourced social service agencies are able to take. (If no one answers the phone or calls a reporter back or cases are screened out, then a possibly abused child is never counted.) Virginia's Accountability Reports provide data that helps put a little more light how CPS is fulfilling its mission. Betty Wade Coyle Executive Director Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads 5215 Colley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23508 757-440-2749 ucantbeatkids@yahoo.com

For those on the list who are interested in data showing child abuse and neglect rates might be interested in: 1. The following link to Protect's (National Association to Protect Children's) commentary on Virginia statistics: http://www.protect.org/tools/newswire/161-national/1234-reports-of-declining-abuse-rates-outrageous 2. Virginia is now posting more CPS information by locality and it can be found by scrolling down to Children on the link below and clicking on CPS Accountability Reports http://www.dss.virginia.gov/geninfo/reports/index.html Statistics of interest are: * the high number of cases that are not accepted or screened out; * the tremendous variability from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in how many cases are assessed (and for national purposes not counted); * the number of cases investigated; and of those cases * the number of cases founded. Rates could be going down for a number of reasons other than the simple conclusion that the actual rates of abuse and neglect are going down. For example, in recent years many agencies have found new ways to classify cases (i.e. Virginia added the assessment track in which cases are never founded and immediately cut abuse rates significantly). Another factor impacting rates indirectly is the number of cases that overworked and under-resourced social service agencies are able to take. (If no one answers the phone or calls a reporter back or cases are screened out, then a possibly abused child is never counted.) Virginia's Accountability Reports provide data that helps put a little more light how CPS is fulfilling its mission. Betty Wade Coyle Executive Director Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads 5215 Colley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23508 757-440-2749 ucantbeatkidsyahoo.com