Child Maltreatment Report Released
An early Child Maltreatment report release provides analysis of the federal FY2009 National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). The report shows the victimization rate of children decreased from 10.3 children per 1,000 in the population in 2008 to 10.1 children in 2009. While the rate has decreased, the report indicates that the actual number of victims has increased. CWLA will be conducting further analysis on the shift in substantiations and rates of victimizations in the coming days and will report on the findings.
In a press release regarding the report, David A. Hansell, Health and Human Services acting assistant secretary for children and families said, "We are pleased to see a steady decrease in the rate of abused and neglected children, however we also know even one child abused is one too many.... The more we support and implement evidenced-based programs and services to prevent child maltreatment and promote healthy families and communities, the sooner we can ensure children are able to have the safe, happy, and healthy childhood they deserve."
Indeed, the need for systemic improvement is evident in that the number of child victims who did not receive any services increased from 2008 to 2009. Furthermore, the youngest children continue to have the highest victimization rate at 20.6 per 1,000 children in the population. Also consistent, more than two-thirds of all victims of maltreatment suffered neglect. Tragically, an estimated 1,770 children died as a result of maltreatment in 2009; four-fifths of those children were younger than 4 years.
Each year the Children's Bureau releases the Child Maltreatment report, an analysis of data collected by child protective services agencies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico voluntarily submitted the data for the 2009 report. Usually released in Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, this 20th edition initiates a new release schedule for the full report in December, followed by a mid-year update in April.