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Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Abuse and Neglect
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Child Abuse and Neglect

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Statistics regarding child abuse and neglect. Compiled by Palmetto Place Children's Shelter, Columbia, South Carolina.

Statistics regarding child abuse and neglect. Compiled by Palmetto Place Children's Shelter, Columbia, South Carolina.

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  • 1. CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT Updated February 2012
  • 2. National Child Abuse Statistics  Most abuse victims are girls  Over 60% of victims experience neglect
  • 3. South Carolina ranks 45th in the nation for overall well-being of children
  • 4. South Carolina Statewide Statistics  Cases are calculated by the household, not individual child  9,424 cases of child abuse and neglect in 2010-2011  7,457 were cases of neglect (79%)
  • 5. Richland County Statistics  Cases are calculated by the household, not individual child  568 cases of child abuse and neglect in 2010- 2011  472 were cases of neglect (83%)
  • 6. Lexington County Statistics  Cases are calculated by the household, not individual child  341 cases of child abuse and neglect in 2010- 2011  262 were cases of neglect (77%)
  • 7. Kershaw County Statistics  Cases are calculated by the household, not individual child  56 cases of child abuse and neglect in 2010- 2011  45 were cases of neglect (80%)
  • 8. Long Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • 9. Physical  Shaken Baby Syndrome  Impaired brain development  Poor overall physical health
  • 10. Psychological  Depression in children as young as 3  Poor mental and emotional health  As many as 80% of abused children met criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder by age 21  Cognitive difficulties  Social difficulties
  • 11. Behavioral  25% more likely to experience problems during adolescence  More likely to be arrested as juvenile and adult  Alcohol and drug abuse  Up to one-third of victims will victimize their own children
  • 12. Societal  Average lifetime cost per victim  $32,648 in childhood health care costs  $10,530 in adult medical costs  $144,360 in productivity losses  $7,728 in child welfare costs  $6,747 in criminal justice costs  $7,999 in special education costs
  • 13. Prevention
  • 14.  Several programs have demonstrated reductions in child abuse and neglect and have great potential to reduce the human and economic toll on our society. Several examples of effective programs include:  Nurse–Family Partnership, an evidence–based community health program. Partners a registered nurse with a first–time mother during pregnancy and continues through the child′s second birthday. http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/  Early Start, provides coordinated, family–centered system of services: http://www.dds.ca.gov/earlystart/ California′s response to federal legislation providing early intervention services to infant and toddlers with disabilities and their families.  Triple P, a multilevel parenting and family support system: http://www.triplep–america.com/Aims to prevent severe emotional and behavioral disturbances in children by promoting positive and nurturing relationships between parent and child.
  • 15. About Palmetto Place Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter is a temporary, safe and caring haven for abused, abandoned and neglected children in the Midlands. The Shelter provides residential care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. At Palmetto Place, we provide medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after school tutoring and recreational and social activities in addition to food, clothing and shelter. When home is not a safe and loving place, we open our doors and offer each child the opportunity for a better, healthier and more productive future. Since the Shelter opened in 1977, we have cared for more than 6,700 at-risk children from newborn to age 17. In 2011, we cared for 120 children at Palmetto Place, but we could have helped more.

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