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February 2024Vol. 25, No. 1Just Released: Child Maltreatment 2022 Report

Each year, the Children’s Bureau publishes a Child Maltreatment report, which presents data voluntarily provided by the states to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. The 33rd edition of the report, Child Maltreatment 2022, was released in January along with an accompanying infographic from Child Welfare Information Gateway. The report includes information about referrals alleging child maltreatment, who makes the reports, victim demographics, the types of maltreatment, deaths due to maltreatment, services provided, and more.

Here are some key data from the report:

  • There were 4,276,000 referrals alleging maltreatment that include 7,530,000 children (based on national estimates).
  • The victimization rates per 1,000 children decreased over the past 5 years, from 9.4 in 2018 to 7.7 in 2022.
  • The top two types of reporters for screened-in referrals were legal and law enforcement personnel (21.2 percent) and education personnel (20.7 percent).
  • Nearly three-quarters of victims (74.3 percent) experienced neglect.
  • The ages of more than one-quarter of victims (27.3 percent) were from birth through 2 years old.

To learn more, read Child Maltreatment 2022.