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Approximately 9 of every 1000 children in the United States are identified as victims of maltreatment, including neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, or sexual abuse. However, many cases of maltreatment are not identified, which has severe consequences for affected children.

There were notifications in both children for 8.5% of the sibling pairs (n = 44). A notification in the first sibling was associated with a 60-fold increase in the likelihood of a notification in the second sibling (95% confidence interval: 29.3–125.1), resulting in nearly three-quarters being the subject of a report. In terms of the subtypes, neglect revealed the strongest association, followed by sexual abuse. 

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan says cow dung and urine can help boost the economy. What would boost child survival in his state? One eagerly waits to hear his thoughts. Contrary to how Chouhan put it, it was not the "untimely departure of children from the world". These were preventable deaths and are part of the big picture of child survival in this country. Infant mortality, defined as the number of infant deaths.

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS)– According to the CDC, about one in four girls and one in 13 boys are abused sexually as a child. Why is that number so high and what makes people abuse?

Richard Chambers Jr. is behind bars after sexually abusing a child for many years.  But what leads people to approach a child in that manner? Wanting to learn more, 59News spoke with the Executive Director of Just for Kids Inc. Child Advocacy Center Scott Miller, who assisted in handling more than three hundred child abuse cases in 2020.  He said more often than not, abusers do not know any better.

“Oftentimes abusers have been abused,” Miller “So, its what they know having grown up with it and so they don’t see it as wrong because its something that happened to them.”

COVID-19 killed 12 Arizona children under age 18 last year, and the pandemic indirectly caused at least 29 other child deaths, a new state report says.

The 28th annual Arizona Child Fatality Review analyzes the deaths of all 838 children ages birth through 17 who died during the calendar year of 2020, which included the first 9½ months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the rate and number of overall child deaths in Arizona rose between 2019 and 2020, the report's authors wrote.

"It's disturbing because we have increased child deaths. We had been dropping steadily, so that is the most disturbing factor," said pediatrician Dr. Mary Ellen Rimsza, chair of the Arizona Child Fatality State Team.

There was no warning, just a knock on the door of Melissa Keaton’s Flatbush, Brooklyn, apartment.

She opened it to find a caseworker with the Administration for Children’s Services, or ACS, the New York City agency tasked with investigating suspected child neglect and abuse.

Still shaken by the sudden death of her father to COVID-19, Keaton hadn’t sent her 9-year-old daughter to school since classes started mid-September. It was now the end of October, and the caseworker explained to Keaton, a former PTA president at her daughter’s school, that someone had reported the family for educational neglect.

High level of deaths among young people in care reported

The deaths of 30 children or young people in care or known to care services were recorded last year - the highest in eleven years and since records began in their current format.

The figures represent an increase of a third since 2019 (22 deaths) and more than 100 per cent on 2018 (13), amid concerns about the “dearth” of mental health services for suicidal children.


CCHR Thankful for Media Attention Given to Abuses in Child Mental Health System

Watchdog says patient protections from physical, chemical and sexual abuse in child behavioral facilities starts with patients and families reporting abuse and media investigations putting pressure on governments and law enforcement to act.

Children as young as four suffering suicidal thoughts: research

Some of the youngest and most vulnerable children – who are still in early primary school — have thought about suicide, according to shocking research.

The paper, by Professor Brett McDermott from James Cook University and commissioned by the Queensland Child Death Review Board, provided insights into the drivers of suicide among children and young people known to the child protection system.

Dorman: Lawmakers examine ways to prevent accidental child deaths

The Legislature’s interim studies are ending as lawmakers prepare for the 2022 session. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy applauds the number of youth-related hearings held.

OICA tracked almost 50 studies and participated in three. The most recent was conducted by state Sen. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, coordinated by Lisa Rhoades, program manager for the Child Death Review Board.

Deaths in State care show systemic cracks remain despite reforms

A landmark report into deaths of children in State care, published in 2012, found “systematic failures” were resulting in the most vulnerable young people falling fatally through the cracks in child-protection services.

The report, authored by Dr Geoffrey Shannon and Norah Gibbons, was scathing of how young people were let down by the State, and called for “root and branch reform”, which later led to Tusla being set up as a standalone child-protection agency.

A little less than 10 years on, new figures on the number of deaths in the care system show despite significant reforms, cracks remain.

Letter to the Editor: Child welfare workers need better training

I grew up and lived in Maine for 35 years. From 2000-2002, I worked for Maine’s Child Death & Serious Injury Review Panel.

Today, I am an academic, a national expert on children who die from abuse or neglect. I have testified before a Congressional commission, published a book and dozens of academic papers, and did a fellowship with the U.S. Senate on this issue.

I have been reading about Maine’s recent child deaths. The report from Casey Family Programs identifies the standard problems in child welfare: poor communication, workforce turnover, partnerships with external agencies, etc.