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Monitoring Child Maltreatment in YSO

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,497,815)

The goal of the proposed project is to explore and pilot options for the creation of an ongoing monitoring system for incidents of child maltreatment (CM) in youth serving organizations (YSO). This 5-year study will be conducted across two Study Phases: Phase 1 will involve a Design Option Inventory Phase and Phase 2 will involve a Pilot Testing and Implementation Planning Phase. Throughout the study, the research team will engage and consult with experts and stakeholders including surveillance experts, data system managers, YSO sector representatives, who will assist throughout the project across design tasks as part of an Expert Advisory Group (EAG). Phase 1 (Study Years 1 and 2) will involve with a detailed review and assessment of existing CM surveillance systems, related systems, and the legal framework for reporting CM. In Phase 2 (Study Years 3-5), several pilot and feasibility studies will be conducted to provide additional information to inform surveillance implementation. The focus and methodology for the Phase 2 pilot studies will be determined based on Phase 1 outcomes, however, the framework for three possible pilots include: 1) telephone surveys with state-level CPS data system experts (n=52); 2) work with 10-15 police agencies analyzing records data; and 3) surveys with a sample of approximately 100 YSOs on the number and characteristics of CM cases seen in a specified period of time. Based on Phase 1 and 2 components, a Final Report will be prepared and shared with governmental agencies whose participation and sponsorship are critical for the establishment of a federal YSO CM monitoring system. CA/NCF

Date Created: April 19, 2023