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Factors that Influence Child Abuse Reporting: A Survey of Child-Serving Professionals

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dc.contributor.author Walsh, W. A., & Jones, L. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-20T19:15:01Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-20T19:15:01Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Walsh, W. A., & Jones, L. M. (2015). Factors that Influence Child Abuse Reporting: A Survey of Child-Serving Professionals. Portsmouth, NH: Crimes Against Children Research Center. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/sites/default/files/downloads/UNH-Reporting-Bulletin-Professional-Perceptions.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2844
dc.description.abstract Policies and procedures to improve child abuse reporting are revised regularly but rarely based on data. To help inform new directions for child abuse reporting policy reforms, we conducted an online survey of 556 child-serving professionals about their experiences with reporting suspicions of abuse and neglect. Most of the respondents (61%) said the reporting process needs to be improved. Clarifying and improving the screening process and making it easier to make a report were among the most commonly cited suggestions for improvement. Respondents rated process related factors (not knowing what happens after report, concerns that the response would not help the family) as more likely to hold them back from reporting than statute related factors (vague protocols, not knowing were to report). Only 38% of respondents said their most recent training on child abuse reporting was fully adequate. Many of the suggestions offered by survey respondents could be piloted and evaluated to move toward establishing child abuse reporting procedures and policies with a stronger research base. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Crimes Against Children Research Center en_US
dc.subject mandatory reporting en_US
dc.subject factors en_US
dc.subject child-serving professionals en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.title Factors that Influence Child Abuse Reporting: A Survey of Child-Serving Professionals en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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