Conclusions and Recommendations Moving Forward in the Arena of Fatal Child Maltreatment

  • Emily M. Douglas


This chapter provides recommendations for change in the larger social welfare and legal systems to help prevent instances of fatal child maltreatment. A comprehensive model of prevention includes the following: (1) defining and monitoring the identified problem; (2) identifying risk and protective factors; (3) providing evidence that the identified problem is linked to poor outcomes; (4) using evidence to develop and test prevention approaches; and (5) ensuring widespread adoption. Despite three decades of effort, time, attention, and resources, we are still in the early stages in each of these areas in the prevention of fatal child maltreatment. This chapter provides recommendations for change in the areas of the research, the child welfare profession, child death review teams, safe haven legislation—that allows a parent to legally relinquish an infant, the criminal justice system, and child maltreatment prevention.


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  • Emily M. Douglas
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  1. 1.Bridgewater State UniversityBridgewaterUSA

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