As part of the process for preparing its Regional Prevention Plan, the Northwest Ohio Regional Prevention Council performed a needs assessment to identify factors affecting child abuse and neglect in the region.
The Needs Assessment compiled data about child and family risk and protective factors in the region in order to identify the scope of the problem in Northwest Ohio and see where gaps in services exist. Once the Needs Assessment was complete, the Regional Prevention Council could develop a Prevention Plan to prioritize funding requests for programs to meet the identified needs.
Abuse & Neglect Reports in Northwest Ohio
The Northwest Ohio Regional Needs Assessment looked at the rate of child maltreatment allegations in each of the 16 counties in the region for 2012 to 2015, the last year for which the work group could obtain report data.
- Total Number of Children — 303,415
- Total Reports of Abuse or Neglect — 71,451
- Substantiated Reports of Physical Abuse — 4,442
- Substantiated Reports of Neglect — 5,735
- Average Rate of Abuse and Neglect— 922.2
However, it’s likely that many instances of child abuse and neglect go unreported. The federally-funded Fourth National Incidence Study (NIS) of Child Abuse and Neglect found that 2.5 times as many children are maltreated each year as are actually reported to Child Protective Service agencies, estimating one child in every 25 in the U.S. is maltreated.
Overall, 39 percent of allegations in Northwest Ohio were substantiated compared to 22 percent statewide. Physical abuse and neglect were the most common types of allegations. Detailed data for each county are available in the Needs Assessment.
For a full picture of factors affecting child abuse and neglect in Northwest Ohio, the Needs Assessment provides data and analysis related to:
- Prevalence of risk and protective factors
- Availability of primary and secondary prevention services
- Barriers to service provision
- Barriers to utilization of services
Access the full Needs Assessment for a comprehensive view of the scope of the child abuse and neglect issue in Northwest Ohio.