Report to the Congress on the Feasibility of Creating and Maintaining a National Registry of Child Maltreatment Perpetrators. Is a national registry of child maltreatment perpetrators technically feasible?


Our research has determined that it would be technically possible to establish a national registry of child maltreatment perpetrators. However, doing so would not be an inexpensive undertaking and only limited information would be provided through such a registry. In addition, there are real and substantial risks that significant sums could be spent without producing a useful registry. A decision to move forward on a national registry should consider whether the likelihood of successful implementation outweighs the risks that many states would choose not to submit data and thus render a registry useless, and whether a national registry or other competing child protection priorities represent the better investment of limited federal funding for child protection activities.

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