Recurrence of Child Maltreatment
One of the primary purposes of child protective services interventions is to lessen the risk of future harm for children who have been harmed. Understanding more about when and why child maltreatment reoccurs helps professionals improve their interventions.
Information Packet: Repeat Maltreatment (PDF - 229 KB)
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2006)
Summarizes the issue of repeat maltreatment, including best practices tips, examples of model programs, and a review of policies and legislation.
Child Maltreatment Recurrence: A Leadership Initiative of the National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment (PDF - 215 KB)
National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment (2003)
Provides information on the specific circumstances of child maltreatment and types of intervention that are most important in reducing maltreatment recurrence. This information can be used in Program Improvement Plans to reach the expected standard as defined in the Child and Family Services Review.
Assessing Risk of Future Delinquency Among Children Receiving Child Protection Services (PDF - 527 KB)
Bogie, Johnson, Ereth, & Scharenbroch (2011)
Describes a study conducted by the Children's Research Center to identify risk factors for subsequent delinquency of children with open child protective services (CPS) cases and to construct a screening assessment that classifies children with open CPS cases by the likelihood of future delinquency.
Child Maltreatment Recurrence: Supplement to the Briefing Paper on Child Maltreatment Recurrence (PDF - 740 KB)
National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment (2002)
Presents an overview of key research methods and findings, a guide to help States and localities formulate questions that will serve as a basis for research and evaluation, methods for research, information about the Federal recurrence indicator, and suggestions for additional resources.
Effectiveness of Home Visitation by Public-Health Nurses in Prevention of the Recurrence of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect: A Randomized Controlled Trial
MacMillan, Hellen, Jamieson, & Walsh
Lancet, 365(9473), 2005
Presents findings of an investigation into whether this approach might reduce recidivism.
Effects of the 24/72 Hour Initial Face-to-Face Investigation Policy on the Revictimization of Children (PDF - 126 KB)
Discusses the effectiveness of a Washington State policy requiring child protective services to conduct the initial face-to-face meeting with alleged child victims of abuse and neglect within 24 hours for emergent and 72 hours for nonemergent referrals. Results showed a decline in victim recurrence as a result of the new policy.
The Effects of Maltreatment Recurrence and Child Welfare Services on Dimensions of Delinquency
Criminal Justice Review, 31(1), 2006
Examines the relationship between maltreatment recurrence and various dimensions of delinquency among at-risk youths.
The Effect of Services on the Recurrence of Child Maltreatment
DePanfilis & Zuravin
Child Abuse and Neglect, 26, 2002
Study findings suggest that active engagement and support of families in a helping alliance may reduce the likelihood of future maltreatment.
|Reducing Re-referral in Unsubstantiated Child Protective Services Cases: Research To Practice|
|Series Title:||Grantee Lessons Learned|
|Author(s):||Children's Bureau (DHHS)
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|Year Published:||2003 - 7 pages|
|This paper identifies strategies to reduce re-referrals in unsubstantiated child protective services (CPS) cases. Based on the findings of three Children's Bureau funded research grants on unsubstantiated CPS cases, it summarizes the studies' key findings regarding factors influencing CPS decision-making and implications for practice including suggestions for assessing risk more effectively and creative ways to provide services to at-risk families in unsubstantiated cases.|
|Rereporting and Recurrence of Child Maltreatment : Findings from NCANDS|
|Author(s):||United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation., Walter R. McDonald and Associates.
Fluke, Shusterman, Hollinshead, Yuan
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|Year Published:||2005 - 33 pages|
|Most children who are subjects of a report of maltreatment to the State or local child protective services (CPS) agency are involved just once with CPS during their lives. Other children are referred more than once and their referrals result in repeated investigations or assessments (rereporting). Some of these children are found to have been revictimized (recurrence). This paper focuses on rereporting and recurrence, and on gaining a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding these children with repeated involvement with CPS. Most previous studies of subvsequent reports alleging maltreatment of the same child or of revictimization have included only small ...|
Risk Factors for the Recurrence of Substantiated Abuse or Neglect (PDF - 161 KB)
Consultation Center of the Yale University School of Medicine (2004)
Summarizes findings from a study of the recurrence of child abuse and neglect using data obtained from the Rhode Island child protective services system.