Assistant Professors Annette Semanchin Jones and Patricia Logan-Greene team up with Erie County to study child neglect

Published July 11, 2014

Annette Semanchin Jones

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Patricia Logan-Greene

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By Emily Lenihan, News 4 Digital Producer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Erie County and the University at Buffalo School of Social Work are working together to identify patterns and trends in chronic neglect cases. They are doing the study to create targeted community outreach and education efforts, and other intervention strategies.

The county receives about 1,000 reports a month from the state’s child abuse hotline that require Child Protective Services to investigate. Seventy-two percent of the cases opened in 2013 had previous reports registered in the past four years, some with five or more.

An Erie County press release details on the long-term and short-term effects of chronic child neglect. Chronic neglect can lead to delays in getting children medical care, failure to get a child to school, lack of adequate supervision and inadequate attention to health and nutrition. The problems can lead to emotional and social problems as the children grow up and become adults.

Funding for the student was included in the 2014 county budget, and UB’s School of Social Work was picked from a number of proposals.

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