Extent and nature of child maltreatment-related fatalities: implications for policy and practice

Child Welfare. 2013;92(2):41-58.


This article reviews significant research findings regarding child maltreatment fatalities over the last thirty years. Notably, the article focuses on several important subsets of children who die from maltreatment, including young children, children reported to child protective services, and children who live in families with poor parental attachment, mental illness, substance abuse, and domestic violence. The article then sets forth three proposals for broadening the United States' approach to child protection and reducing child maltreatment fatalities.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Caregivers
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / mortality*
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Child Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Child Welfare
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Work / methods*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult