New COVID-19 & Child Welfare Report Uses Data to Understand Trends in Maltreatment and Response

A new report released by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago suggests that those concerned with the well-being of children should shift their focus from efforts to increase mandated reporting during COVID-19 towards efforts to address the community drivers and economic stressors that elevate the risk for child maltreatment. In sum, the report’s data analysis suggests that increased surveillance does not equate to increased safety for children.

A one-page summary of the report includes recommendations for adaptive system changes.

In addition, the results from these analyses have been incorporated into a dynamic forecasting tool that can be used by child welfare agencies to plan system responses.

To learn more about this report and the Latent Event Simulator tool, contact Dr. Dana Weiner or Dr. Leanne Heaton.