Child Maltreatment 2015

Publication Date: January 19, 2017


This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2015.

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Table of Contents

Letter from the Commissioner



Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Background of NCANDS
  • Future Reporting to NCANDS
  • Annual Data Collection Process
  • NCANDS as a Resource
  • Structure of the Report

Chapter 2: Reports

  • Screening
  • Investigations and Alternative Responses
  • Report Sources
  • CPS Response Time
  • CPS Workforce and Caseload
  • Exhibit and Table Notes
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Chapter 3: Children

  • Alternative Response
  • Unique and Duplicate Counts
  • Children Who Received an Investigation or Alternative Response
  • Children Who Received an Investigation or Alternative Response by Disposition
  • Number of Child Victims
  • Child Victim Demographics
  • Maltreatment Types
  • Risk Factors
  • Special Focus on Victims with Alcohol and Drug Abuse Risk Factors
  • Perpetrator Relationship
  • Exhibit and Table Notes

Chapter 4: Fatalities

  • Number of Child Fatalities
  • Child Fatality Demographics
  • Maltreatment Types
  • Perpetrator Relationship
  • Risk Factors
  • Prior CPS Contact
  • Exhibit and Table Notes

Chapter 5: Perpetrators

  • Number of Perpetrators
  • Perpetrator Demographics
  • Perpetrator Relationship
  • Exhibit and Table Notes

Chapter 6: Services

  • Prevention Services
  • Postresponse Services
  • History of Receiving Services
  • Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Exhibit and Table Notes

Appendix A: Required CAPTA Data Items

Appendix B: Glossary

Appendix C: State Characteristics

Appendix D: State Commentary



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