Policy and Practice Changes Form Around National Strategy to Reduce Fatalities and Improve Child Safety
Opinion - Chronicle of Social Change Feb. 24, 2017
by David Sanders
When the President and Congress asked the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) to develop a national strategy to eliminate child maltreatment fatalities in 2014, we knew the task would not be easy. There was little in the way of evidence-based programs from which to learn. The myriad of policies at the federal, state and local level for defining, counting and addressing fatalities made the task all the more complicated.
However, as we concluded our two years of public hearings, study and deliberations on this issue, we felt that we identified some clear and attainable steps that, if taken, will provide both short term and long term solutions for protecting vulnerable children. As more states and the federal government begin to implement these recommendations, there is good reason to believe that more children’s lives can be saved. ...Full Article