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Objective 1: Provide an Appropriate Response to Allegations, Based on Risk and Needs Arizona Department of Child Safety Douglas A. Ducey Governor Charles.

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1 Objective 1: Provide an Appropriate Response to Allegations, Based on Risk and Needs Arizona Department of Child Safety Douglas A. Ducey Governor Charles Flanagan Director

2 Child Abuse Hotline Referral Screen Out Rate Source: Child Maltreatment 2012, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau

3 Child Abuse Hotline Referral Screen Out Rate In federal fiscal year (FFY) 2012, Arizona's rate of screened out referrals was below the median state rate of 47% and very near the national rate of 40%. Referrals may be screened out when they do not meet the statutory criteria of a report for investigation by DCS, such as referrals about abuse by an adult who is not the child’s parent/caretaker (such as a neighbor or community member). Arizona reported to the federal government that 22,431 referrals were screened out in FFY 2012, including 2,403 reports that had been designated “not investigated” at the time this data was submitted, or that the agency had no jurisdiction to investigate. All of the uninvestigated reports have since been assigned and investigated. Caution must be used when drawing conclusions from this data due to substantial differences in state child welfare systems and the methodology used by the federal government to calculate this measure.

4 Monthly Child Abuse Hotline Referral Screen Out Rate Source: CHILDS, DCS Business Intelligence Dashboard, Communications Received by Weekday and Hour, CHILDS extract date

5 Monthly Child Abuse Hotline Referral Screen Out Rate Source: CHILDS, DCS Business Intelligence Dashboard, Communications Received by Weekday and Hour, CHILDS extract date

6 Monthly Child Abuse Hotline Referral Screen Out Rate From January 2013 through December 2014, the monthly total of referrals ranged from 4,406 to 6,264. Referrals were lowest in June, July, and December in 2013; and June, July, and February in The number of referrals received increased 3.5% between 2013 and Between January and October 2013, Arizona's rate of screened out referrals remained between 29% and 33%. Starting in November 2013, the rate of screened out referrals decreased (that is, the Child Abuse Hotline categorized a higher percentage of referrals as reports). In January through December 2014, the percentage of screened out referrals ranged from 22% to 27%. The number of reports received increased 12% between 2013 and 2014.

7 Rate of Children Reported per 1,000 in Arizona Source: Arizona rate: CHILDS, All Reports Received data report; all other states: Casey Family Programs, FFY2012 NCANDS and Claritas population estimates for 2012

8 Rate of Children Reported per 1,000 in Arizona Source: CHILDS, All Reports Received data report, extract date ; population estimates provided by Arizona Department of Administration.

9 Rate of Children Reported per 1,000 in Arizona After screening out referrals that do not meet the criteria for DCS investigation, Arizona’s rate of children reported per 1,000 in the child population is just below the national median state rate of 38 per 1,000 and the national rate of 40 per 1,000. Arizona's rate of children reported to DCS per 1,000 in the child population increased from 27.7 in FFY 2010 to 35.6 in FFY 2013.

10 Re-report Rate Source: CHILDS, All Reports Received data report, extract date

11 Re-report Rate Prevention of repeat reports is one indicator of success preventing repeat maltreatment and ongoing risk to children. Reducing repeat reports will decrease the total number of reports received and therefore reduce investigation case volume. The repeat report rate for children who were not removed within 30 days of the first report has been increasing: The percentage of children re-reported to DCS within six months increased from 18% to 22%. The percentage of children re-reported to DCS within one year increased from 28% to 31%. For more information, go to:


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