Up To Half Of Army Child Abuse Cases May Never Be Investigated
Just one in five U.S. Army soldiers’ children who received a medical diagnosis of child abuse or neglect had a corresponding report substantiated by the U.S. Army Family Advocacy Program, found a new study. That’s approximately half the rate found in the civilian population, where 44% of medically diagnosed child abuse cases go on to be confirmed as child maltreatment by local Child Protective Services.
These findings suggest that the majority of children being physically, emotionally or sexually abused, or being severely neglected in Army families may not be receiving help from the agency best tasked with helping them—despite being identified by medical authorities as potentially in danger.
“I was really surprised just the overall low rate of linkage that we saw,” said lead author David Rubin, MD, director of PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. That “linkage” refers to the proportion of medical diagnoses that were linked to a report in the Family Advocacy Program files. “To me what’s most concerning in a study like this is that we don’t know if there are kids at risk out there.”
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