April 2, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. HHS Releases New Report on National Child Abuse Statistics
      Source: HHS News - April 1, 2004
  2. 2004 Child Abuse Prevention Community Resource Packet
      Source: National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect - March 30, 2004
  3. HHS Awards $2.9 Million To Support 30 Head Start Innovation Projects
      Source: HHS News - March 25, 2004
  4. The Ethical Conduct of Clinical Research Involving Children
      Source: National Academies Press - March 31, 2004

1. HHS Releases New Report on National Child Abuse Statistics

Source: HHS News - April 1, 2004

An estimated 896,000 children across the country were victims of abuse or neglect in 2002, according to Child Maltreatment 2002, a new report released on April 1, 2004 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of these victims, the youngest children had the highest rate of victimization. To view the full report online go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm02/index.htm

2. 2004 Child Abuse Prevention Community Resource Packet

Source: National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect - March 30, 2004

Each April, Child Abuse and Prevention Month activities raise awareness about what each of us can do to prevent the abuse and neglect of our Nation's children. The 2004 Child Abuse Prevention Community Resource Packet is one of the key components of the Child Abuse Prevention Initiative, which is sponsored by the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect; Children's Bureau; Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Administration for Children and Families; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The packet is available online at http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/pdfs/packet2004.pdf

3. HHS Awards $2.9 Million To Support 30 Head Start Innovation Projects

Source: HHS News - March 25, 2004

On March 25, 2004, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced thirty Head Start planning grants totalling $2.9 million for innovation and improvement projects. Awardees represent a range of national, state and local organizations and many new to the Head Start community... The innovation and improvement projects will be funded for a one-year planning phase. Awards range from $51,000 to $100,000 in funding. Twelve of the 30 projects will begin April 1, 2004 and the remaining 18 will begin September 1, 2004. Based on availability of funds and successful completion of the planning phase, these organizations will be eligible for future implementation funding for up to three years.

The 30 funded projects will support the Head Start Bureau's mandate to strengthen the overall program nationally as well as improve some critical issues faced by specific states and special populations. For complete information and a list of the entities funded for the one-year planning phase grants go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/news/press/2004/hsinnogrants.htm

4. The Ethical Conduct of Clinical Research Involving Children

Source: National Academies Press - March 31, 2004

This new publicaton from the National Academies Press is now available for free online reading: The Ethical Conduct of Clinical Research Involving Children. Go to http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309091810