Special Efforts Being Made in Hawaii to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities


August 20, 2017-Thanks to legislation passed last year, the state Department of Health has resumed a multidisciplinary, multi-agency review of deaths involving people under 18. [ Recommendation 5.2a]

In 2016, Hawaii enacted HB 2340, which allows DHS to conduct initial and periodic no-consent-needed criminal history records checks of alleged perpetrators of child abuse or neglect, and of all individuals who may reside in the same household with an alleged child victim, to ensure the safety of the child.  [Recommendation 6.1]