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Child Abuse &
Child Abuse and
Neglect: General Information Packet
This information packet includes fact sheets about child maltreatment
and the services available from the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
The fact sheets review the definitions of maltreatment, child abuse
and neglect prevention, and provide statistical information about the
prevalence of child abuse and neglect and the characteristics of
victims and offenders. Directories of federal clearinghouses,
hotlines, state agencies, and other organizations that disseminate
information about family and domestsic violence and substance abuse
are also inserted.
What is Child Abuse and
This fact sheet explains how child maltreatment is defined in federal
and state laws. Distinctions between the federal Child Abuse
Prevention and Treatment Act and state civil and criminal statutes are
highlighted. Operational definitions of physical abuse, child neglect,
sexual abuse, and emotional abuse also are included.
Child Maltreatment 2004: Summary of Key Findings
This fact sheet summarizes Child Maltreatment 2004, a publication that
provides child abuse statistics submitted by states to the National
Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) during 2004. Highlighted
topics include reports of child abuse and neglect; victims of
maltreatment; perpetrators; fatalities; and services.
Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms
The first step in helping abused or neglected children is learning to
recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect. This fact sheet lists
general signs that may signal the presence of child abuse. It also
includes signs associated with specific types of abuse such as
physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional
How Does the Child Welfare System Work?
The child welfare system is a group of services designed to promote
the well-being of children by ensuring safety, achieving permanency,
and strengthening families to successfully care for their children.
Child welfare systems are complex, and their specific procedures vary
widely by State. The purpose of this fact sheet is to give a brief
overview of the purposes and functions of child welfare from a
national perspective. It discusses what happens when a report of
possible abuse or neglect is made, what happens when a report is
screened in, and what happens in substantiated cases. It also
discusses what happens to people who abuse children, and what happens
to children who enter foster care.
Long-Term Consequences of Child
Abuse and Neglect
The impact of child abuse and neglect is often discussed in terms of
physical, psychological, behavioral, and societal consequences. In
reality, however, it is impossible to separate them completely.
Physical consequences (such as damage to a child's growing brain) can
have psychological implications (cognitive delays or emotional
difficulties, for example.). Psychological problems often manifest as
high-risk behaviors. Depression and anxiety, for example, may make a
person more likely to smoke, abuse alcohol or illicit drugs, or
overeat. High-risk behaviors, in turn, can lead to long-term physical
health problems such as sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and
obesity. This fact sheet provides an overview of some of the most
common physical, psychological, behavioral, and societal consequences
of child abuse and neglect, while acknowledging that much crossover
among categories exists.
With the exception of Child Maltreatment 2004: Summary of Key
Findings, the above publications are also available in
El abuso y
negligencia de menores: Paquete de información general
(Child Abuse and Neglect: General Information
Que es el abuso y negligencia
(What is Child Abuse and Neglect?)
Como Trabaja el Sistema de
(How Does the Child Welfare System Work?)
Reconociendo el maltrato de
menores: los indicios y los síntomas
(Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms)
Consecuencias a largo plazo del
maltrato de menores
(Long-term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect)
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decision-making. Also included are resources on cultural competence,
casework practice, and providing and evaluating family-centered
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