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Utah gets high marks for child abuse fatality disclosure laws
Child welfare » Report looks at how information is released to the public.

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The report’s executive summary concludes that release of "accurate and unfiltered information in a timely manner" is needed to ensure system "fault lines" are identified and fixed.

"Public exposure is a necessary step toward fixing these problems," it said. "The federal government has already determined that the good that might come from disclosing information about these tragic cases exceeds any potential harm or embarrassment that some individuals might experience as a result — and states have no basis for adopting narrow, discretionary or condition-ladened policies that thwart Congressional directive or intent."

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Fatality Review

Utah’s 2011 Fatality Review Report included summary details of 164 current or recent state clients’ deaths. Of 53 reported child deaths, 12 children died as a result or directly because of abuse or neglect by a caregiver.

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