Sources of Additional Information on Child Abuse and Neglect

Wayne Stocks —  In Abuse and Neglect October 17, 2011

Welcome to Part 9 of 9 in our series on child abuse and neglect. Today, we will be laying out some additional sources of information on child abuse and neglect used throughout this report. See the end of today’s article for a complete listing of articles included in this series.

imageMost of the information in this article was garnered from the following sources. While I have not attempted to site individual sources for each piece of information presented, I am grateful to these resources for providing the information that comprises this article. I hope that the accumulation and synthesis of the information from these numerous sources will help those who work with kids, and particularly those who work with kids in a church setting, to be better equipped to understand the risks and types of child maltreatment, recognize the signs of maltreatment and develop a plan for responding to suspected maltreatment.

What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? (April 2008), Department of Health and Human Services: The Child Welfare Information Gateway of the U.S. www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/whatiscan.cfm)

Child Maltreatment Surveillance: Uniform Definitions for Public Health and Recommended Data Elements, Version 1.0 (January 2008), Department of Health and Human Services: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/CM_Surveillance-a.pdf)

Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS–4) (2010), Sedlak, A.J., Mettenburg, J., Basena, M., Petta, I., McPherson, K., Greene, A., and Li, S., Report to Congress. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/abuse_neglect/natl_incid/nis4_report_congress_full_pdf_jan2010.pdf)

Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms (June 2007), Department of Health and Human Services: The Child Welfare Information Gateway of the U.S. http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/signs.cfm)

Toll-Free Crisis Hotline Numbers (May 2011), Department of Health and Human Services: The Child Welfare Information Gateway of the U.S. http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/tollfree.cfm)

State Child Abuse Reporting Numbers (September 2011), Department of Health and Human Services: The Child Welfare Information Gateway of the U.S. http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?rs_id=5&rate_chno=W-00082)

Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect (February 2011), Department of Health and Human Services: The Child Welfare Information Gateway of the U.S. (http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/define.pdf)

Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws (April 2010), Department of Health and Human Services: The Child Welfare Information Gateway of the U.S. http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/clergymandated.pdf)

Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws (April 2010), Department of Health and Human Services: The Child Welfare Information Gateway of the U.S. (http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/manda.cfm)

Child Abuse and Neglect (Accessed 09/02/2011), Helpguide.org. (http://helpguide.org/mental/child_abuse_physical_emotional_sexual_neglect.htm)

Child Abuse FAQs (Accessed 09/02/2011), Faith Trust Institute. (http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/resources/learn-the-basics/ca-faqs/?searchterm=child%20abuse)

Signs and Symptoms (Accessed 09/02/2011), Arizona Child Abuse Info Center.(http://www.childhelpinfocenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=41)

Fact Sheet: Emotional Child Abuse (Accessed 09/02/2011), Prevent Child Abuse America. (http://member.preventchildabuse.org/site/DocServer/emotional_child_abuse.pdf?docID=122)

Principals of Working With Traumatized Children (Accessed 09/02/2011), Perry, Bruce. (http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/bruceperry/working_children.htm)

Johnson, Martin, When the Bough Breaks (Accessed 09/14/2011), ChildrensMinistry.com (http://www.childrensministry.com/articles/when-the-bough-breaks)

Hayes, Alley & Wagner, Nate, They Are In Our Midst (Accessed 09/14/2011), ChildrensMinistry.com (http://www.childrensministry.com/articles/they-are-in-our-midst)

Wilcox, W. Bradford, Why Marriage Matters, Third Edition (August 2001), Institute for American Values & National Marriage Project (http://www.americanvalues.org/bookstore/pub.php?pub=81).

State Statutes Search, Department of Health and Human Services: The Child Welfare Information Gateway of the U.S.

This vehicle allows you to search for specific state statues related to the following areas involving abuse and neglect:

  • Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence
  • Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Cross-Reporting Among Responders to Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Definitions of Domestic Violence
  • Disclosure of Confidential Child Abuse and Neglect Records
  • Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse Reports
  • Immunity for Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Making and Screening Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse
  • Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Representation of Children in Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
  • Review and Expunction of Central Registries and Reporting Records

It is a fantastic vehicle for researching the laws in your state.(http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/state/index.cfm?event=stateStatutes.showSearchForm)

Here at Divorce Ministry 4 Kids, we feel that the issue of child abuse and neglect is serious enough to warrant dedicating an entire month to. We hope that you will read all of the articles so that you, and those in your children’s ministry, will be better prepared to deal with this issue which is all too prevalent and disproportionately affects children of divorce and children from single-parent homes. The series includes the following articles:

  1. Divorce, Single Parenting and the Increased Risk of Child Abuse and Neglect – An Introduction [09/19/2011]
  2. What is Child Abuse and Neglect? [09/21/2011]
  3. Introduction to the National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect [09/26/2011]
  4. Risks of Child Abuse and Neglect Based on Family Structure [09/28/2011]
  5. Recognizing Signs of Potential Child Abuse and Neglect [10/03/2011]
  6. What to Do If You Suspect Child Abuse or Neglect [10/05/2011]
  7. How to Talk to an Abused or Neglected Child [10/10/2011]
  8. Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect [10/12/2011]
  9. Sources of Additional Information on Child Abuse and Neglect [10/17/2011]
  10. Appendix A – Sample Policy for Reporting Suspected Abuse and Neglect [10/19/2011]

A pdf file will be posted with the final article including information from all nine articles in one comprehensive, not-so-brief, but easy to use format. For those of you who have expertise in this area, or have dealt with abuse and neglect situations in the past, we hope that you will join the conversation by adding your voice to the series through comments on the articles or on our Facebook Page.