Testing if Social Services Prevent Fatal Child Maltreatment Among a Sample of Children Previously Known to Child Protective Services

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Abstract

The purpose of this article was to examine the potential impact of child welfare services on the risk for fatal child maltreatment. This was conducted using a subsample of children who were identified as “prior victims” in the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System from 2008 to 2012. At the multivariate level, the analyses show that case management services act to protect children from death as do family support services, family preservation services, and foster care, but that the results vary by type of maltreatment experienced. The author recommends that before strong conclusions are drawn, additional research in this area is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-249
Number of pages11
JournalChild Maltreatment
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • child victims
  • child welfare services
  • child welfare services/child protection
  • fatalities

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