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Child Safety While Under Court Jurisdiction

Definition: Percentage of children who were victims of child abuse or neglect while under court jurisdiction.

Purpose: Child 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.

This measure 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 home.

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 be reported.

• Record 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.

Analysis and Interpretation:

It may be instructive to report county results as well as state-wide results.

Required Data Elements:
Case number or child identifier,
Date initial petition was filed,
Subsequent substantiated report of abuse or neglect,
Date court jurisdiction ends (petition disposed).

Alternative Measures:

Children and Family Service Reviews use two safety measures:

1. Recurrence 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.

National Standard is .57% or less.