New federal child abuse and neglect data shows a decline in the number of victims who suffered maltreatment for the second consecutive year. As in past years, rates of abuse and neglect are highest among infants and young children.
The Children’s Bureau at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the 28th edition of the Child Maltreatment Report, which analyzes data collected by state child protective services (CPS) agencies. The report is based on fiscal year 2017 data, which is the latest data available.
Of the 3.5 million children who were the subject of an investigation or alternative response in fiscal year 2017, an estimated 674,000 children were determined to be victims of maltreatment, down from 2016. In total, 74.9 percent of victims were neglected, 18.3 percent were physically abused and 8.6 percent were sexually abused