Child Abuse and Neglect

​​Child Abuse and Neglect

It is estimated that 1 in 4 children experience some form of child abuse or neglect in their lifetimes and 1 in 7 children have experienced abuse or neglect in the last year. The AAP provides guidance and resources for pediatricians and pediatric healthcare providers to help identify children who are victims of maltreatment and prevent it from happening.   ​

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​What's New

Here are the key findings from the 2018 report:
  • The national rounded number of children who received a child protective services investigation response or alternative response increased 8.4 percent, from 3,261,000 in 2014 to 3,534,000 in 2018.

  • The number and rate of victims have fluctuated during the past 5 years. There was an increase of 0.4 percent in the national rounded number of victims, from 675,000 in 2014 to 678,000 in 2018.

  • The 2018 data show more than four-fifths of victims suffered a single type of maltreatment. Sixty percent were neglected only, 10.7 percent were physically abused only, and 7 percent were sexually abused only. More than 15 percent were victims of two or more maltreatment types.

  • For 2018, an estimated 1,770 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.39 per 100,000 children in the national population.

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