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Effects of a Citizens Review Panel in Preventing Child Maltreatment Fatalities

NCJ Number
Child Abuse and Neglect Volume: 34 Issue: 5 Dated: May 2010 Pages: 324-331
Vincent J. Palusci; Steve Yager; Theresa M. Covington
Date Published
May 2010
8 pages
This study evaluated the effectiveness of Citizen Review Panels (CRPs) in preventing child maltreatment fatalities and improving child welfare systems.
Study results indicate a causal relationship exists between Citizen Review Panel (CRP) review and decreases in child maltreatment fatality, suggesting promising outcomes after CRP review. CRPs first required in 1996 for States as part of reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) are constituted expressly for the purpose of reviewing deaths of children known to the governmental child protective services agency. CRPs are charged with making recommendations primarily to that agency within the child welfare system. The purpose of this study was to identify the number of child deaths and problem areas in the State child welfare system during 6 years of review and any specific changes in child welfare law, policy, and practice that could be associated with fewer child maltreatment deaths. Tables and references