CAPTA Case Analysis

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The original goal of CAPTA was simply to reduce rates of Child Abuse and Neglect and raise awareness to the issue. Over the 40 years that CAPTA has been in place, the act has been amended and updated, each time with more specific goals, to better reach the population it serves. Because the definition of child abuse and neglect has changed over the years and expanded, it is easy to misinterpret the rise in the rate of abuse and neglect over the last ten years. In fact, this rise simply means that there are more children being treated for abuse and neglect, who were previously going under the radar. From 2010 to 2014, the rate of child maltreatment raised one percent, from 698,000 to 702,000. This can be interpreted to mean that one percent more…show more content…
CAPTA focuses on the issue of child abuse and neglect within the U.S. CAPTA was one of the first major federal policies put into effect to address the issue of child abuse and neglect in the U.S. Prior to the development of this act, information is very limited on how child abuse really affected the children in the U.S. Within the first year of CAPTA 60,000 reports of child abuse and neglect were made and within a few years, these numbers had made a large jump to over a million reports in 1980. In 1990, 2 million reports were made, and in 2000, reports were somewhere around 3 million (CAPTA Reauthorization, 2016). In 2005 alone out of every 1000 children 12 children from birth to 18 had experienced some abuse and neglect. The 2005 report stated that 62.8 percent were cases of neglect, 16.6 percent were cases of physical abuse, 9.3 percent were cases of sexual abuse, 7.1 percent were cases of emotional, 2 percent were cases of medical neglect or abuse, and 14.3 percent were other situations of neglect or abuse. Overall that year 1,460 deaths were reported from child abuse and neglect (Goldman & Salus, 2003). But in 2010, 698,000 reports were confirmed of abuse and neglect, which is a dramatic decrease due to the policies…show more content…
It also helps by identifying new ways for prevention and treatment through service delivery, advocacy and public agencies. Child abuse prevention efforts have grown exponentially over the past 30 years. Some of this expansion reflects new public policies and expanded formal services such as parent education classes, support groups, home visitation programs, and safety education for
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