Report to the Congress on the Feasibility of Creating and Maintaining a National Registry of Child Maltreatment Perpetrators. To what extent would a national registry of child maltreatment perpetrators improve child safety?. 12

09/01/2012

Our research suggests that the added safety benefit of a national registry of child maltreatment perpetrators would be quite limited. That is, a national registry would detect relatively few perpetrators who are not already detected by existing systems for in-state child abuse registry checks and national criminal background checks. While such a registry would, in a small number of cases, reveal unknown maltreatment substantiations in another state, these cases are relatively few and only a tiny number of cases involved multiple matches or matches in multiple states that would indicate a potential long-term pattern of maltreatment and evasion. As we noted in our interim report, the added safety benefit of a national registry of child maltreatment perpetrators would be limited to cases in which there was serious past maltreatment that was not the subject of a criminal conviction.

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