Questions and Answers on Facts on Child Abuse
1) What exactly is child welfare?
Child welfare is a program of financial, health, mental, and social services provided to parents, guardians, and kids. Child welfare agencies provide adoption services, medical care, and expert homemakers who go to homes to help during periods of anxiety. Day care for families whose parents both are employed has also become a significant service.
2) What and when was the first case of child abuse?
By the late 1800’s American slaves were at liberty and animals were protected against abuse, but adolescents were considered their parents’ “property”, to do with as they wished. The first case of child maltreatment in the courts was in 1874. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals supported a young girl named Mary Ellen. The Society presented the argument that Mary Ellen and all other human beings were mammals, and a mammal is an animal.
3) How many cases of child abuse are there per year?
Two million cases of child abuse and neglect are reported each year, but that is REPORTED cases. Three million cases of child abuse take place each year, but one million of those cases are not reported.
4) Does the kind of mistreatment differ with age?
5) Am I likely to know somebody who is abused or neglected?
It depends. You might or might not; it just depends on your community. The rates of about every category of maltreatment are related to income level. Children in families whose parents earn below $15,000 are 44 times more likely to be neglected by the Harm Standard or the Endangerment Standard.
· Harm Standard- Children experience demonstrable harm.
· Endangerment Standard- Children experience maltreatment that puts them at risk for harm.