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February 2003Vol. 4, No. 1National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment

The National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment (NRCCM) is a service of the Children's Bureau and a key member of the Technical Assistance and Consultation network for the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs). A collaborative effort between the Child Welfare Institute based in Duluth, Georgia, and Action for Child Protection based in Aurora, Colorado, the NRCCM helps States, Tribes, and local child protective services (CPS) agencies build their capacity to assess and respond to children and families. Its objectives are to:

  • Identify, develop, and promote the application of practice strategies and models.
  • Identify and facilitate essential connections for a coordinated and integrated response to child maltreatment.
  • Bolster the capabilities of managers, supervisors, and caseworkers by providing direct consultation, technical assistance, and training.

The NRCCM's Leadership Initiatives study and develop the state of the art in areas of high priority to State, county, and Tribal child welfare services agencies. Leadership Initiatives bring a rigorous, collaborative approach to effectively addressing undeveloped or underdeveloped policy, program, and practice areas and produce concept clarification, guidelines, recommendations, training content, and intervention options. They attempt to focus the efforts of child welfare services, avoiding duplication and bringing practical assistance to today's challenges.

The Leadership Initiative on Recurrence of Maltreatment focuses attention on those circumstances of maltreatment and intervention that are most important to reducing recurrence. NRCCM hopes to illuminate how the CFSR recurrence measure is likely to be impacted by changes to CPS policy, information systems, and programs. The expectation is that this Leadership Initiative will be helpful to States in developing a viable and balanced Program Improvement Plan (PIP) in this area. From this Leadership Initiative, the NRCCM in late January published and distributed Child Maltreatment Recurrence, a review of research findings on recurrence, exploration of the limitations of the recurrence measures, examination of the Federal recurrence outcome indicator and the recurrence standard, and strategies for program improvement. A supplemental publication on recurrence of maltreatment will follow later in the year.

For more information about the NRCCM, including how to order publications, visit their Website: (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.)