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FamLink; Children's Administration; DSHS
Data Definition
The percentage of children with a founded CPS referral within a 6-month period (excluding DLR/licensing referrals), who have another founded CPS referral within 6 months of the initial referral. (Dates shown indicate date of initial referral.) The time period listed is the period in which the initial founded referral occurred. There is then a six month window after the initial report where a subsequent referral may occur. Final data is reported four months later to assure time for completing the determination of founded or unfounded for any subsequent incidents. Regional Ns will not sum to State total because in some records the region is not identified, for example those coded as "administrative" to restrict access. Legislative changes may have impacted the rates of “founded” abuse. More intakes have been found “unsubstantiated” since October 2008 when Washington eliminated the “inconclusive” finding. In addition, a new “Risk Only” intake type was created, which does not require findings because there are no identified victims. The agency continues to work with staff to narrow the use of “Risk Only” and that may result in additional fluctuations in this data. Values for 2009 and 2010 cohorts were recalculated following data cleanups by the field (late entry of investigations) and minor corrections to extraction of allegations from FAMLINK. Values differ slightly from those reported earlier. Data from 2010 forward reflects that Regional reporting has been combined from six regions into three regions.
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Twice Yearly
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Recurrence of abuse is a federal measure; the national standard for this measure is 5.4% and we are currently at 7.9%. The impact of child abuse or neglect on child victims can be devastating and preventing further abuse is critical for the continued safety and well-being of the children involved. Therefore, we have set a target of 6% which is a reduction of 1.9%. To get there the Children’s Administration has employed the A-3 Lean problem solving process to increase understanding of recurrence in Washington State and identify barriers and strategies for improving performance and child safety. Current strategies include: qualitative analysis of cases to identify patterns and reasons for recurrence and provision of staff training to strengthen decision making. It is anticipated that the qualitative analysis will provide information that can be used in the development of additional strategies. Our hope is that these strategies will work to move the needle and get us to our 6% target by 12/2015. Because recurrence is measured after a 6 month period, it takes approximately one year before the impact of any strategies can be assessed.
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