Framework for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect
As of February of 2022, Indiana has its first statewide Framework for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect. The Framework, and the accompanying Community Implementation Toolkit, represent a three-year collaborative process by a myriad of state and private organizations from across multiple sectors including prevention, advocacy, philanthropy, and other community partners.
The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) funded the development of the Framework and toolkit, which is now available by request, by accessing the DCS website here. Per that DCS website, “the framework provides a road map for the state and local communities to better support, empower, and protect families. It is centered on primary prevention efforts, or services and interventions available to the general population, to prevent child maltreatment before it happens.”
Unfortunately, in both statewide and national data, as reported in the 2022 Indiana Youth Institute’s Kids Count Data Book, Indiana continues to rate poorly around the issue of child maltreatment. Specifically, “Federal data from 2019 showed that Indiana had a rate of 112.9 referrals per 1,000 children, the fifth highest among states for which data was reported (44, including DC), and one of only six states with a rate higher than 100 referrals per 1,000 children. Indiana’s 2019 screen-in rate (the percent of referrals that met the criteria for investigation) was 68%, compared to 59% nationally, and Indiana’s rate of investigation or assessment per 1,000 children in 2019 was 94.3, much higher than the national rate of 47.2 and exceeding the rates of all neighboring states.”
Please take a moment to request a copy of Indiana’s Framework for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect, using the link above, and join the battle to prevent child maltreatment in Indiana.
Here is a map of Indiana, the pinwheel in some counties indicate that we have a chartered prevention council in that county. If you are interested in reaching out to them to see how you may contribute to their efforts on a local level, please visit the PCAIN webpage and click on the pinwheel you will see that county’s contact information. If there is no pinwheel shown on map in your county, please feel free to contact Jeff Wittman in order to explore establishing a child abuse prevention council in your county.