A Critical Look at Child Abuse Reporting



CHILD ABUSE REPORTING


Screening of Reports
How many of the over 3 million reports received annually by child protective agencies are screened out before any investigation takes place? The answer may surprise you. (Article updated on Sept 9, 2012).

Variety of Reports
A surprising variety of calls are made to the child abuse hotlines. How many of these calls are actually reports of abuse and neglect? How is the number of reports used to manipulate public perception about the actual extent of child abuse?

Extent of Abuse
How many of the calls received by child protective agencies involve allegations of severe physical abuse? How many of these result in founded determinations?


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Last updated September 9, 2012