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Updated December 30, 2003
Updated JUNE, 2007

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
http://www.childwelfare.gov
GRADE LEVEL: Professionals

CONTENT:
Teachers are mandated to report all suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect that they become aware of; failure to do so can result in prosecution. Well over 1,000 children die each year as a result of known abuse and neglect. Many such tragedies are preventable, and teachers are often the ones in the best position to help families to get the help they need. The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information is an outstanding resource to learn more about this important subject.

AESTHETICS:
Bright colors and easy-to-read text are a definite plus.

ORGANIZATION:
The site features a navigational bar at the left of the pages. Many of the resources are downloadable in the form of Adobe Acrobat files.

REVIEW:
This site is crammed full of useful resources for all people involved in protecting and caring for children. Although much is oriented to social workers, there is a plethora of information useful to teachers, parents, and concerned members of the community. Of particular note are the Publications, Services, and Prevention Resources sections. Some of the most potent information on this site is the statistics resources (available in the Services section). In 1996 alone, more than 1 million children were victims of substantiated maltreatment. Many more cases go unreported. Experts estimate that perhaps as many as three times that number of children may actually suffer from maltreatment each year, or an average approximately one student per class of 26. Neglect is most prevalent in poverty-stricken homes, but abuse crosses all socioeconomic lines. The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information is an excellent resource that all teachers should be aware of and use to help prevent child abuse and neglect.

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