After culture changes, no data to suggest better response to child abuse




Apr 1, 2017 | Feature | 0 comments

Delaware is one of the slowest states to respond to initial child abuse reports, and passes over more reports for investigation than all but six states.

 Delaware screened out 61.3 percent of the more than 18,000 reports of child abuse received in 2014 as unworthy of investigation. Only six other states — Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin — screened out more. The national average was 41.8 percent.
In 2013 and 2014, only Alaska had an average response time to screened-in referrals of child abuse greater than Delaware’s 210-hour average. The national average in 2014 was 79 hours.



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