Safety While Under Court Jurisdiction
Definition: Percentage of children who were victims of child abuse or
neglect while under court jurisdiction.
Safety, To meet the ASFA goal that children are, first and
foremost protected from abuse and neglect. The desired
outcome is that children are safe from abuse and neglect
while under court jurisdiction.
is designed to determine the extent to which children are
safe when the court maintains protective supervision over
the child either before the child enters foster care or after
the court returns the child home under protective supervision.
Courts share responsibility for child safety with child welfare
agencies because courts set conditions for child’s
return home and authorize the return home. Any subsequent
maltreatment could be see as a partial result of the court’s
decision to return the child home. Courts also have the responsibility
to see that the child advocate and caseworker visit the child
and report to the court the child’s situation in the
Method: Computing this measure is rather straightforward. It is simply
recording the number of substantiated incidents of maltreatment
that occurred while the children were under court jurisdiction
and calculating that number as a percentage of all incidents
of maltreatment. Both the raw numbers and percentages should
the percentage of maltreatment while under court jurisdiction.
• Set a recurrence rate goal. Note that benchmarks have not yet been established
for any of the measures.
• Monitor and take action.
be instructive to report county results as well as state-wide
Case number or child identifier,
Date initial petition was filed,
Subsequent substantiated report of abuse or neglect,
Date court jurisdiction ends (petition disposed).
and Family Service Reviews use two safety measures:
rate--Percent of children who were victims of substantiated
or indicated child abuse and/or neglect during the first
6 months of reporting period who had another substantiated
or indicated report within a 6-month period.
National Standard = 6.1% of less.
2. Rate of child abuse and neglect while the child is in foster care.
Percent of children in foster care who were the subject of substantiated
or indicated maltreatment by a foster parent or facility staff member.
Standard is .57% or less.