A new report from ngo Every Child Matters Education Fund informs us that deaths from child abuse in the United States have risen an astonishing and heart breaking 35% since 2001….Such deaths are many times higher in the US than rates in other developed countries. In this eight years, according to the report, more than 10,000 children have been killed in this way.
The report points to the fact that funding to prevent such abuse has been slashed, but surely there is much more subtle behind these statistics? Obvious culprits are teenage pregnancies and widespread poverty.
Predictably, the debate between those advocating for more spending on family preservation versus those who favor early resolutions of the child’s situation in abuse cases arises over this data….