Using Administrative Records to Evaluate the Accuracy of Child Abuse Reports in a National Survey of Child Abuse and Neglect
Smith, K. R., Biemer, P., Dowd, K. L., & Chiflikyan, R. (2007, May). Using Administrative Records to Evaluate the Accuracy of Child Abuse Reports in a National Survey of Child Abuse and Neglect. Presented at American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference, Anaheim, CA.
This paper summarizes the results of an evaluation of caseworker-provided data about additional reports of child abuse and neglect (called “re-reports”) for the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW). NSCAW is the first nationally representative longitudinal study of children and families involved in the child welfare system and the first to collect data directly from children and caregivers. The study has produced four waves of data collected from over 6,200 children and their caregivers, caseworkers, and teachers. The sample was drawn from children who had contact with the child welfare system within a 15-month period starting in October 1999.The paper compares re-report data collected from caseworkers with administrative rereport data provided by state child protective services agencies. It also examines the caseworker data collection procedures in order to identify potential factors that may have contributed to incomplete re-report data collected from caseworkers.