Child Maltreatment 2017 Released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (in Feb 2019)

Child Maltreatment 2017 is the 28th edition of the annual Child Maltreatment report series. States provide the data for this report through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). NCANDS was established in 1988 as a voluntary national data collection and analysis program to make available state child abuse and neglect information. Data have been collected every year since 1991, and are collected from child welfare agencies in the 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Key findings in this report include: ■ The national rounded number of children who received a child protective services investigation response or alternative response increa

NCCASP's resolution urging states to make child torture a felony offense is now American Bar As

The resolution based on NCCASP research urged states to amend existing laws or enact new laws to clearly define child torture and ensure child torture a felony offense regardless of whether a serious physical injury occurred. For example, weeks of being locked in a closet, bound, and intentionally starved can leave mental trauma but not a physical injury as defined by statute. The resolution urges states to address a gap in criminal codes. What is Child Torture? Click Here for the full text of the resolution. Click Here for NCCASP study published in J. of Child and Youth Review (2019).

J. of Child and Youth Review Publishes NCCASP's Research Study

The Journal of Child and Youth Review recently published NCCASP's study spotlighting a lack of applicable felony charges in fourteen U.S. state criminal codes for certain cases of child torture. We look forward to assisting child victims become survivors by helping them access justice. Child torture includes a combination of two or more of the following treatments for cruelly protracted periods of time, such as: intentionally starving the child, forcing the child to sit in urine or feces, binding or restraining the child, repeatedly physically injuring the child, exposing the child to extreme temperatures without adequate clothing, locking the child in closets or other small spaces, and forc

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