Friday, December 27, 2013

Child Maltreatment 2012 reports fewer child abuse and neglect victims for sixth consecutive year

From the Children's Bureau
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released Child Maltreatment 2012, the 23rd in a series of reports designed to provide State-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. Child Maltreatment 2012 includes information on reports of abuse and neglect made to child protective services (CPS) agencies, the children involved in reports, types of maltreatment, CPS responses, child and caregiver risk factors, services, and perpetrators.

According to the 2012 report, the number of children suffering abuse, neglect, and maltreatment dropped nationwide for the sixth consecutive year. The national estimate of unique victims for Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2012 was 686,000, compared to 723,000 in FFY 2007. While the number of abuse victims decreased, the number of fatalities attributable to child abuse and neglect appears to have increased, from 1,580 in 2011 to 1,640 in 2012.

“The overall reduction in abuse and neglect is encouraging, but there are still significant areas for improvement,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Mark Greenberg. “The growth in reported child fatalities could be attributable to improved reporting, but it is important to determine why such fatalities occur so we can continue to strengthen our efforts to protect children from all forms of harm.”

To view the full report, please visit the ACF website:

Additional information on how to prevent child abuse and neglect is available at the Child Welfare Information Gateway website:

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