Preventing the recurrence of maltreatment

In the context of the federal child welfare performance measurement system, recurrence of maltreatment refers to circumstances in which children that have previously been substantiated as victims of abuse or neglect experience another incident of substantiated maltreatment. Multiple episodes of maltreatment can lead to: (1) more serious short and long term negative consequences (2) entry into the juvenile justice system and (3) juvenile delinquency.

(Source: Carnochan S, Rizik-Baer D, Austin MJ. J Evid Based Soc Work. 2013 May;10(3):161-178)