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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.

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Child Abuse and Neglect

  1. 1. CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT Updated February 2012
  2. 2. National Child Abuse Statistics  Most abuse victims are girls  Over 60% of victims experience neglect
  3. 3. South Carolina ranks 45th in the nation for overall well-being of children
  4. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8. Long Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect
  9. 9. Physical  Shaken Baby Syndrome  Impaired brain development  Poor overall physical health
  10. 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. 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. 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. 13. Prevention
  14. 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. 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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