Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

In 2016, a nationally estimated 1,750 children diedas a result of child abuse and neglect. And because we do not have reliable data about the number of deaths from child maltreatment, the numbers are likely even higher.

The death of a child is all the more tragic when it could have been prevented. Child protection agencies play a critical role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect fatalities, but they cannot work alone. They share the responsibility for child safety with the multiple partners that touch the lives of vulnerable families. Collectively, an essential shift is needed to adopt a public health approach to child safety, predicated on prevention and community-level support to prevent crises before they occur. Partnerships among child protection and primary care physicians, law enforcement, and community-based agencies are key to this paradigm shift.

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If I knew then what I know now: Seven strategies to reduce child abuse and neglect fatalities.

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How are Ohio Children’s Hospitals identifying sentinel injuries to reduce child fatalities?

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How did NYC implement the Safe Sleep Initiative to reduce child fatalities?

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Please explore the related resources below and at Questions from the field to learn more about how to prevent child fatalities.

Related Resources

This strategy brief outlines strategies for how CPS agencies can screen-in reports of infants and toddlers in a way that keeps them safe.

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Home visiting programs can provide parents with the necessary tools, support, and knowledge to keep children safe and prevent future harm.

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This information packet features five home visiting program models that have been found to be effective in reducing child maltreatment.

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Scott Hippert describes how Family Connects approaches prevention by offering communitywide home visits to support families with newborns.

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Drawing on his experience as a child welfare leader, David Sanders offers recommendations for reducing child abuse and neglect fatalities.

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Dr. Jonathan Thackeray and Carrie Baker share collaborative efforts to improve pediatric practices and prevent recurrent child maltreatment.

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NYC found that a combination of community engagement and parent education was effective in reducing sleep-related infant deaths.

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This strategy brief outlines strategies for how CPS agencies can screen-in reports of infants and toddlers in a way that keeps them safe.

READ STORY

Home visiting programs can provide parents with the necessary tools, support, and knowledge to keep children safe and prevent future harm.

READ STORY

This information packet features five home visiting program models that have been found to be effective in reducing child maltreatment.

READ STORY

Scott Hippert describes how Family Connects approaches prevention by offering communitywide home visits to support families with newborns.

READ STORY

Drawing on his experience as a child welfare leader, David Sanders offers recommendations for reducing child abuse and neglect fatalities.

READ STORY

Dr. Jonathan Thackeray and Carrie Baker share collaborative efforts to improve pediatric practices and prevent recurrent child maltreatment.

READ STORY

NYC found that a combination of community engagement and parent education was effective in reducing sleep-related infant deaths.

READ STORY

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