Report to the Congress on the Feasibility of Creating and Maintaining a National Registry of Child Maltreatment Perpetrators. Which federal agency is best suited to operate a national registry of child maltreatment perpetrators?


If the Congress decides to move forward with a national registry of child maltreatment perpetrators, consideration should be given to where, institutionally, a registry could be best administered and housed. We believe the Congress authorized a registry to be developed by HHS because of our knowledge of child abuse and neglect issues, our relationships with state child abuse and neglect agencies, and the potential relationship between the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) and a potential registry. To the extent a registry is intended primarily to aid in child protective services investigations, there is a reasonable congruence with HHS's activities related to child protection. However, if the principal work of the registry is to be responding to employment background checks, the infrastructure available elsewhere within the Federal Government for conducting other employment background checks may be better suited to the task than is HHS's substantive expertise on child maltreatment.

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