Report faults many states on child abuse policies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new report says that many states often fail to release adequate information about fatal and near-fatal child abuse cases.

The report by two child advocacy groups also says that states place confidentiality above disclosure to a degree that discourages needed reforms.

The report calls on Congress and state legislators to adopt stronger policies and laws regarding deadly and life-threatening child abuse cases. It's being released Tuesday by First Star, a national nonprofit which advocates for abused children, and by the University of San Diego School of Law's Children's Advocacy Institute.

It gives 10 states a failing grade for their disclosure practices.

Several of the states receiving low grades defended their policies on grounds that families entangled in near-fatal abuse cases were entitled to confidentiality.

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  • by P Location: Conway SC on Jul 9, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    I have been concerned about a little girl whom I think might be being abused. I am very angry because I thought that I could report my suspicions on line or by an emergancy number to childrens services of South Carolina, however, they must not feel that child abuse is an important matter. When a person types child abuse, Help/ there should be instant access to help." What a Joke" 9 to 5 should not apply when children are involved. (try to look up help for child abuse, South Carolina and see how fast you can report without calling 911)
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