National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths
About the Coalition
The Coalition was formed in 2008 to seek a cure for the scourge of fatal and near-fatal child abuse and neglect, a national shame which needlessly claims the lives of thousands of American children each year. The Coalition is comprised of six national organizations: the National Association of Social Workers, the National District Attorneys Association, the National Children’s Alliance, the National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Every Child Matters. Our members have extensive and diverse networks extending to nearly every state and jurisdiction in the country.
In its initial stage, the Coalition encouraged Congress to call for Congressional hearings on this issue. This ultimately led to passage of the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012, passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the US House, and unanimously in the Senate. The Act’s primary goal was to create a two-year, bipartisan Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities that would not only review the systems currently in place, but also make recommendations on ways to combat child abuse deaths.
Representatives of three of the six Coalition member-organizations were ultimately selected to serve among the 12 Commissioners chosen by Congress and the President. The bipartisan Commission operated from 2014-2016, holding meetings around the country and hearing from hundreds of experts on the causes, factors, and possible solutions to this national problem. Their work concluded with a final report, “Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities,” issued on March 17, 2016. The report contains 114 recommendations, laying forth a national strategy for eliminating fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect.
The report’s blueprint is already taking hold to inform action at the federal, state and local levels. Department of Health and Human Services personnel have said that they are already engaged in some form of implementation of up to 60 of the Commission’s recommendations. Over 30 voluntary state and local initiatives are underway which reflect the findings and recommendations of the Commission.
The Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths has convened again in the aftermath of the Commission’s work and report release.
Our goal is to advance the report’s recommendations which will serve to best support vulnerable children and families and prevent future fatalities and near-fatalities. We will also work to preserve existing law and policy important to keeping vulnerable children safe and healthy. We are collaborating closely with the Within Our Reach office as well as with foundations, allies, and multiple coalitions to accomplish these critical goals. We have a comprehensive strategy to save children’s lives now.
|The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 132,000 members and 55 chapters. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.|
|The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), founded in 1950, is the oldest and largest professional organization representing criminal prosecutors in the world. The National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA), a program of NDAA, was established in 1985. NCPCA is staffed with professionals involved in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, exploitation and technology facilitated crimes against children. NCPCA trains child abuse prosecutors and allied professionals and provides technical assistance across the country.|
|The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). Formed in 1988, NCA has been providing support, technical assistance, and quality assurance for CACs, while serving as a voice for abused children for more than 25 years. A children’s advocacy center is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals work together to investigate abuse, help children heal from abuse, and hold offenders accountable.|
|The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention (NCFRP) is a resource center for state and local child death review programs. It promotes, supports, and enhances child death review methodology and activities at the state, community and national levels. NCRPCD provides technical assistance to help teams develop, implement and sustain a prevention-focused CDR process.|
|Every Child Matters was founded in 2002 with the mission to make children’s issues a national priority. To that end, Every Child Matters has promoted the adoption of smart policies for children and youth. These include ensuring that children have access to affordable, comprehensive health care services, expanding early care and learning opportunities and after-school programs, preventing violence, abuse, maltreatment, and fatalities against children in their homes, and alleviating child poverty.|
|The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 66,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. It was founded by a group of pediatricians to help ensure that patient advocacy remains a priority for the profession. The AAP advocates for the health of all children, and works with government, communities and other national organizations to shape many child health and safety issues.|