Covenant Children’s 8th Annual Child Abuse Conference (DAY 2)
We continue to see increases in the number of children who are victims of child abuse and human/sex trafficking. Texas alone had an increase of 22.7 percent from FY2017 to FY2018. In 54.5 percent of the confirmed child abuse and neglect-related fatalities, the child or the perpetrator had no prior history with CPS. Since more than half of all perpetrators were unknown to CPS, it requires collaboration with families and communities to build a strong safety network that supports children, youth, and families. Covenant Children's Hospital and the South Plains Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention have partnered together for the 8th Annual Child Abuse Conference. In response to these alarming statistics we recognize the need to continually prepare our physicians, nurses, social workers, EMT's, counselors , Law Enforcement, teachers, and child care providers with knowledge that will improve their practice when caring for these children and families.