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Submission for OMB Review; National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (OMB #0970-0424)

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AGENCY:

Children's Bureau; Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Administration for Children and Families; HHS.

ACTION:

Request for public comment.

SUMMARY:

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting a 3-year extension of the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) collection (OMB #0970-0424, expiration 02/28/2021). There are no changes requested to this data collection.

DATES:

Comments due within 30 days of publication. OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/​public/​do/​PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting “Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments” or by using the search function.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Description: The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) was amended in 1988 to direct the Secretary of HHS to establish a national data collection and analysis program, which would make available state child abuse and neglect reporting information. HHS responded by establishing NCANDS as a voluntary national reporting system.

In 1996, CAPTA was amended to require all states that receive funds from the Basic State Grant program to work with the Secretary of HHS to provide specific data elements, to the maximum extent practicable, about children who had been maltreated. Most of the required data elements were added to the NCANDS data collection. Subsequent CAPTA reauthorizations and amendments added required data elements. The current list of CAPTA-required data elements includes:

(1) The number of children who were reported to the state during the year as victims of child abuse or neglect.

(2) Of the number of children described in paragraph (1), the number with respect to whom such reports were—

(a) Substantiated;

(b) Unsubstantiated; or

(c) Determined to be false.

(3) Of the number of children described in paragraph (2)—

(a) the number that did not receive services during the year under the state program funded under this section or an equivalent state program;

(b) the number that received services during the year under the state program funded under this section or an equivalent state program; and

(c) the number that were removed from their families during the year by disposition of the case.

(4) The number of families that received preventive services, including use of differential response, from the state during the year.

(5) The number of deaths in the state during the year resulting from child abuse or neglect.

(6) Of the number of children described in paragraph (5), the number of such children who were in foster care.

(7)

(a) The number of child protective service personnel responsible for the—

(i.) intake of reports filed in the previous year;

(ii.) screening of such reports;

(iii.) assessment of such reports; and

(iv.) investigation of such reports.

(b) The average caseload for the workers described in subparagraph (A).

(8) The agency response time with respect to each report pertaining to the initial investigation of child abuse or neglect.

(9) The response time with respect to the provision of services to families and children where an allegation of child abuse or neglect has been made.

(10) For child protective service personnel responsible for intake, screening, assessment, and investigation of child abuse and neglect reports in the state—

(a) information on the education, qualifications, and training requirements established by the state for child protective service professionals, including for entry and advancement in the profession, including advancement to supervisory positions;

(b) data of the education, qualifications, and training of such personnel;

(c) demographic information of the child protective service personnel; andStart Printed Page 37664

(d) information on caseload or workload requirements for such personnel, including requirements for average number and maximum number of cases per child protective service worker and supervisor.

(11) The number of children reunited with their families or receiving family preservation services that, within 5 years, result in subsequent substantiated reports of child abuse or neglect, including the death of the child.

(12) The number of children for whom individuals were appointed by the court to represent the best interests of such children and the average number of out of court contacts between such individuals and children.

(13) The annual report containing the summary of activities of the citizen review panels of the state required by subsection (c)(6).

(14) The number of children under the care of the state child protection system who are transferred into the custody of the state juvenile justice system.

(15) The number of children referred to a child protective services system under subsection (b)(2)(B)(ii).

(16) The number of children determined to be eligible for referral, and the number of children referred, under subsection (b)(2)(B)(xxi), to agencies providing early intervention services under part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.).

(17) The number of children determined to be victims described in subsection (b)(2)(B)(xxiv).

(18) The number of infants—

(a) identified under subsection (b)(2)(B)(ii);

(b) for whom a plan of safe care was developed under subsection (b)(2)(B)(iii); and

(c) for whom a referral was made for appropriate services, including services for the affected family or caregiver, under subsection (b)(2)(B)(iii).

The items listed under number (10), (13), and (14) are not collected by NCANDS.

The Children's Bureau proposes to continue collecting the NCANDS data through the two files of the Detailed Case Data Component, the Child File (the case-level component of NCANDS), and the Agency File (additional aggregate data, which cannot be collected at the case level). There are no proposed changes to the NCANDS data collection instruments. New data elements were added during the previous OMB clearance cycle in response to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, both of which amended CAPTA.

Respondents: State governments, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentTotal number of respondentsTotal number of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hoursAnnual burden hours
Detailed Case Data Component (Child File and Agency File)52310616,5365,512

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 5,512.

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.

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Mary B. Jones,

ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2020-13402 Filed 6-22-20; 8:45 am]

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