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Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse Reports
Examines State laws and procedures for maintaining records of child abuse and neglect. Most States maintain a central registry, which is a centralized database of child abuse and neglect investigation records. In some States, the individual State agencies that received the reports of suspected abuse or neglect are required to maintain these records. Central registry reports are typically used to aid social services agencies in the investigation, treatment, and prevention of child abuse cases and to maintain statistical information for staffing and funding purposes. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2014). Establishment and maintenance of central registries for child abuse reports. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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