Performance Improvement 2006. Re-reporting and Recurrence of Child Maltreatment: Findings from NCANDS


This report presents findings from a longitudinal analysis of child abuse reporting data spanning five years, derived from nine states’ submissions to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). The study focuses on the phenomena of “re-reporting” which occurs when individual children have been the subjects of more than one maltreatment investigation, and “recurrence” which refers to children who have been victimized more than once (i.e. multiple investigations have substantiated abuse or neglect allegations). Reducing recurrence is a key safety goal of child protective services systems. Until recently, however, it has been impossible to analyze federal child abuse data across multiple years. The analysis described here was conducted by the staff of Walter R. McDonald and Associates under contract to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), and in cooperation with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

PIC ID: 8182; Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy; Federal Contact: Radel, Laura, 202-690-5938; Performer: Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc., Rockville, MD

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