Characteristics of the Child Maltreatment at Day Care Centers and the Case Dispositions of Child Protective Services in Korea

한국 어린이집 아동학대의 학대 특성 및 아동보호서비스의 최종조치 관련 요인 분석

  • Received : 2014.06.29
  • Accepted : 2014.09.26
  • Published : 2014.11.30


This study examined the characteristics of child maltreatment cases which occurred recently at the Day Care Centers in Korea. The study utilized the case records system of the National Child Protection Agency (K-CPS) and analyzed all the cases reported to the K-CPS from 2010 to 2012 (n=462). Using the case records abstraction system developed for this study, based on the Maltreatment Case Records Abstraction System (MCRAI; Trickett et al., 2009), the detailed information on abuse cases as well as disposition outcomes was abstracted. The results showed the relatively low rate of abuse designation, low rate of reports from the mandatory reporters as well as overwhelmingly high rate of physical abuse. Diversity was detected in severity ratings in each type of abuse. Finally, determinants of dispositions differed for children, perpetrators and daycare centers. Based on the results, implications for practice and child maltreatment research were discussed.


Child Maltreatment in Day Care centers;Child Protective Services;Case Records Abstraction System;Child Care;Child Protective Services