As part of the process for preparing its Regional Prevention Plan, the Southwest 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 Southwest 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 Southwest Ohio
A snapshot from the Southwest Ohio Regional Needs Assessment provides these numbers related to child abuse and neglect reports in the region as of 2014, the last year for which the work group could obtain report data.
- Total Number of Children — 425,412
- Total Reports of Abuse or Neglect — 10,458
- Substantiated Reports of Physical Abuse — 2,824
- Substantiated Reports of Neglect — 1,549
- Number of Child Victims — 4,735
- Rate of Abuse and Neglect per 1,000 Children — 24.6
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.
As a result, the number of child victims in Southwest Ohio could be closer to 10,500 as opposed to 4,735, with the number of reports of child abuse or neglect above 26,000.
Data in the Needs Assessment
For a full picture of factors affecting child abuse and neglect in Southwest Ohio, the Needs Assessment provides data and analysis related to:
- Adverse childhood experiences
- Family risk factors
- Poverty in the region
- Community factors and supports
Access the full Needs Assessment for a comprehensive view of the scope of the child abuse and neglect issue in Southwest Ohio.