Then every member of the household is interviewed privately.At least one non-family member (teacher, doctor, etc.) who knows the child is interviewed.

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Federal guidelines mandated that the state create a Children’s Justice Act Task Force composed of professionals with experience in child abuse case handling.

In September 1999, the Mississippi CJA grant funded the development of a statewide Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Review Team Network.

If the report warrants an investigation, it is then assigned to a worker.

First, the worker will interview the child privately.

Examples include: The Children’s Justice Act (CJA) helps states to develop, establish, and operate programs designed to improve the investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of child abuse and neglect cases (particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation) in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim.

This act also addresses the handling of child fatality cases in which child abuse or neglect is suspected and of some cases of children with disabilities and serious health problems who are victims of abuse and neglect.

Prevention is the best way to reduce child abuse and neglect and improve the lives of children and families.

MDCPS administers several programs dedicated to child abuse prevention and protection in Mississippi: Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) programs should have some activities available to the general population, such as public awareness and education about preventing child abuse and neglect.

Typical CJA activities include developing curricula and conducting training for personnel in law enforcement and child protective services, as well as health and mental health professionals, prosecutors and judges.