Safety After Relinquishment from Court Jurisdiction
Definition: Percentage of children who were victims of child abuse or
neglect within a time frame after the case was closed.
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
after court jurisdiction ends.
is designed to determine the child safety after courts have
closed the cases. 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. Similarly,
if the abused or neglected child is not removed from home
and later maltreated, that too is a partial result of the
courts decision. Court set the conditions for supervision,
periodically monitors the supervision, and decides when supervision
can end, and each of these decisions can affect child safety.
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 imply
recording the number of substantiated incidents of maltreatment
that occurred within a year after the court case was closed
and calculating that number as a percentage of all incidents
of maltreatment. Both the raw numbers and percentages should
be instructive to report county results as well as state-wide
the percentage of maltreatment within 12 months of case
a recurrence rate goal. Note that benchmarks have not yet
been established for any of the measures.
and take action.
for case closure is available, analysis of recurrence of
maltreatment by type of closure may be able to determine
patterns that may affect child safety.
Data Elements: Case number or child identifier,
Date court jurisdiction ends (petition disposed).
Date of subsequent substantiated report of abuse or neglect.