Assessing the Feasibility of Creating and Maintaining a National Registry of Child Maltreatment Perpetrators: Research Report. 5.5 SUMMARY

The foundations for a national registry already exist in the child protective services field given that nearly all States maintain the necessary data on child abuse and neglect perpetrators. The technical capacity of the States also supports the feasibility of a national registry. The interest in a registry is quite high, given that much is unknown at this point. Whether or not States would participate by submitting data within an established time frame depends on further specifications of such a system and further discussion about maximizing utility and security of the data, while minimizing risks to both submitting and inquiring States in terms of inaccurate, out of date, or misleading data. States would also have to conduct formal reviews of their own State laws and policy to ensure that they could submit data to such a registry.

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