Concerns About Unreported Child Abuse Loom Large Despite Easing Covid Restrictions

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Family welfare experts for months have looked to the easing of coronavirus pandemic restrictions as the turning point that would bring clarity about child abuse and neglect rates after a year of unreliable data.

But even with Covid-19 protocols relaxing nationwide, experts told CNN it’s too soon to know the scale of the pandemic’s impact on child welfare.

That’s because it’s not until the anticipated return of widespread in-person learning this fall that millions of kids will routinely interact with teachers, coaches and other adults who are legally required to report signs of abuse. The result after a few months, experts say, will be some of the first meaningful data about child abuse rates since the pandemic upended typical reporting channels in spring 2020.

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