Child Neglect


Child Neglect

Fact Sheet

Child Maltreatment, Child Abuse and Neglect
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Note: Child maltreatment statistics are generally confined to episodes involving offenders who are relatives and caretakers. This excludes physical and sexual assaults by peers, adult acquaintances, or strangers.

Large numbers of children are abused and neglected.

After growing dramatically between 1976 and 1992, rates of child maltreatment reports and substantiations have been at a plateau since 1992.

1976: 10

1977: 13

1978: 13

1979: 15

1980: 18

1981: 19

1982: 20

1983: 24

1984: 27

1985: 31

1986: 33

1987: 34

1988: 35

1989: 38

1990: 41

1991: 41

1992: 43

1993: 43

1994: 43

1995: 43

1996: 44

1997: 42 (nearly 3 million children)


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. 1993 and 1999. Child Maltreatment (1993,1997): Reports from the States to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

Year

Number of Children

Rate per 1,000

1990

989,430

15

1991

966,000

15

1992

1,018,000

16

1993

1,009,000

15

1994

1,010,000

15

1995

1,025,000

15

1996

998,000

14

1997

1,034,000

15

1998

1,009,000 14

National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. 1990 through 1999. Current Trends in Child Abuse Reporting and Fatalities: The results of the (1990-1998) Annual Fifty State Survey. Chicago, IL: National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse.

http://www.childabuse.org/50data97.html

The National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-3) showed child abuse had increased by 67% in 1993 compared to 1986.

Only a small proportion of child maltreatment victims are removed from their homes.