New data shows who makes the most reports of child abuse

A child, a neighbor and a family court judge ruling on a repot of child abuse.
A child, a neighbor and a family court judge ruling on a repot of child abuse.
Illustration by Zach Williams

New data shows who makes the most reports of child abuse

And other updates from across New York.
October 22, 2018

There are new members of the board at Osborne Association. James Rubin is CEO of Meridiam North American, a global infrastructure investor. He also previously served as director of state operations, overseeing 90 state agencies, for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Page Travelstead is a senior vice president at Wells Fargo, where she is in charge of affordable housing development finance for nonprofit and for-profit real estate developers.


Goddard Riverside was honored as the 2018 College Access Organization of Excellence. The recognition was made in honor of its Options Center which was launched in 2005 to train education professionals in how to make college more accessible. Since then, more than 6,600 people have taken part, according to a Sept. 26 press release.

In other news, the nonprofit also released the list of six books that are up for the Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice. Judges for the award, named in honor of a former executive director of the Manhattan-based organization included: Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, former United Neighborhood Houses Executive Director Nancy Wackstein, and Michael Zisser, former CEO of University Settlement and The Door. Douglas Bauer, executive director of The Clark Foundation, chaired the panel. Read more here.


SCO Family of Services raised more than $375,000 at an Oct. 10 event in Glen Cove, Long Island. More than 140 golfers took part in the event, which will help the nonprofit provide services to more than 60,000 children and adults with special needs. Linda and Nick Cortese, owners of a local cleaning company, were also recognized at the event for their 18 years of service to the nonprofit, which includes providing maintenance and cleaning services to family and youth shelters, according to an Oct. 16 press release.


Help Social Service Corporation has won a $14.1 million contract with the New York City Department of Homeless Services. The money will fund a transitional residence for adults on West 107th Street in Manhattan through June 2021, according to the City Record.


First Workings raised more than $168,000 at an Oct. 17 event in Harlem. The money will benefit programming that helps high school students get internships. The nonprofit was founded in 2014 by former Man Financial and MF Global CEO Kevin Davis.


New data from the New York City Independent Budget Office shows who is making the most reports of alleged child abuse in the city. The results fall into two categories: mandated reporters like social workers and educators, and members of the general public. Complaints first go to the New York Statewide Central Register of Abuse and Maltreatment which then relays it to the city’s Administration for Children’s Services for investigation. Here are a few takeaways from the report:

  • Mandated reporters made up about two out of every three reports made in fiscal year 2016. Teachers and other educators were about a quarter of overall reports, including 5 percent of those made during the summer. Social service and child care personnel made about 21 percent of reports; law enforcement, about 11 percent.
  • Friends, neighbors and relatives other than parents were responsible for about 9 percent of reports, but “others” were responsible for a larger share – 12 percent.
  • Calls spiked after the highly publicized September and December 2016 deaths of two children, increasing from 62,743 in fiscal year 2016 to 67,860 in 2017, then to 68,463 in 2018. However, mandated reporters continued to make about two-thirds of all reports.

Zach Williams
Zach Williams
is a staff reporter at New York Nonprofit Media and sister publication City & State.