Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment
AUCD advocates for legislation aimed at preventing the abuse and neglect of children with disabilities. AUCD works on the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and advocates for the funding of CAPTA programs.
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Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa) introduced the Keep Kids in School Act with the purpose of reducing suspensions in schools, noting that students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be suspended than those without.
Senator Murphy introduced the Supportive School Climate Act of 2015, legislation that would address the school-to-prison pipeline by reducing suspensions, expulsions, and other overly harsh school disciplinary actions to improve youth outcomes.
Enacted on Dec. 20, 2010, the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010 amends and reauthorizes the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act five years through 2015 and contains strengthened provisions related to primary prevention activities and the nexus between child abuse and disability.
Text of the law, as amended by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003
Issue Brief on the Keeping All Students Safe Act, comparing the House and Senate bills.
Government Accountability Office report on seclusion and restraints: Selected Case of Death and Abuse at Public and Private Schools and Treatment Centers.
A summary of the Keeping All Students Safe Act, developed by Senator Harkin (D-IA) HELP Committee Staff