American Indian tribes and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) realize that American Indialaska Native families and children are at-risk as incidents of child abuse and neglect, along with incidents of family violence, continue to be reported in high numbers. The Child Protection Handbook is designed to provide Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), tribal and other non-BIA employees with essential knowledge to identify and report incidents of child abuse and neglect. The handbook provides employees with an overview of applicable laws, definitions, identification indicators, training, child protection teams, and reporting procedures associated with child protection. The handbook outlines established methods for conducting character/background checks on employees and volunteers who are working or applying for work in either Federal or tribal programs. Tribal governments and federal agencies must join together and work to vigorously protect the children of American Indian communities.
U.S. Dept of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Child protection handbook. U.S. Dept of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. 1998