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March 2018Vol. 19, No. 2<em>Child Maltreatment 2016</em> Report Released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the 27th report in a series of annual reports designed to provide state-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. Child Maltreatment 2016 includes information on reports of abuse and neglect made to child protective services (CPS) agencies, the children involved, types of maltreatment, CPS responses, child and caregiver risk factors, services, and perpetrators.

Highlights of the 2016 report include the following:

  • During federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016, CPS agencies received an estimated 4.1 million referrals involving approximately 7.4 million children.
  • For FFY 2016, there were approximately 676,000 reported victims of child abuse and neglect in the United States. The substantiated victim rate was 9.1 victims per 1,000 children in the population, and children in their first year of life had the highest rate of victimization at 24.8 per 1,000 children of the same age in the national population.
  • Three-quarters (74.8 percent) of substantiated victims were neglected, 18.2 percent were physically abused, and 8.5 percent were sexually abused.
  • For FFY 2016, an estimated 1,750 children died of abuse or neglect, which is a rate of 2.36 per 100,000 children in the national population.

The full report is available on the Children's Bureau website at