Critical Incident Review Team

Child neglect is the most frequently identified type of maltreatment in substantiated reports of child abuse. On average, child neglect has contributed to just under 75% of abuse-related fatalities in Oregon and nationwide over the last five years.

Identifying Chronic Neglect

Oregon's in-depth review of child fatalities in families with recent Child Welfare history (an open case, CPS assessment or closed at screening report in the last twelve months) shows in many of these cases, there have been multiple maltreatment reports on the deceased child or the child's siblings over the years, suggesting a pervasive pattern of neglect. Oregon Child Welfare has set forth efforts to engage staff and the community around the problem of child neglect, particularly chronic neglect.

​Training and Intervention Strategies

Enhanced training on child neglect is occurring at two levels in Child Welfare. The first level provides a 90-minute overview of chronic neglect, the impacts to children and intervention strategies with families. This training is being delivered over the spring and summer of 2019. The second level of training is a two-day advanced course for assessing patterns and behaviors of neglect. This training is being developed in partnership with the Butler Institute for Families, out of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Safety and Permanency Consultants, along with other champions, will be trained as trainers in the advanced curriculum during July and August of 2019. Training is expected to begin for Child Welfare supervisors and MAPS in the fall of 2019. Staff with over 24 months of service will begin to receive advanced training in late fall/early winter of 2019, with expected completion by the end of 2020. The training will then enter the sustainability phase with a plan to train staff in their third year of service ongoing.

Child Welfare recognizes the need to engage with partners around understanding and responding to chronic neglect. Specific work must be done with judicial partners and contracted providers to ensure professionals in partnership with Child Welfare are making decisions and plans based on the most up to date information about the scope and impact of neglect on children and families. There are toolkits available to facilitate these conversations and selection of a specific approaches will take place in late 2019, with conversations set to begin by 2020.