The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) is a voluntary data collection system that gathers information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico about reports of child abuse and neglect. NCANDS was established in response to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1988. The data are used to examine trends in child abuse and neglect across the country, and key findings are published in our Child Welfare Outcomes Reports to Congress and annual Child Maltreatment reports.
About NCANDS - An Overview of NCANDS.
NCANDS Child File Codebook - This codebook shows the data elements included in a Child File submission, along with definitions, values, and technical guidance provided to states.
NCANDS Agency File Codebook - This codebook shows the data elements included in an Agency File submission, along with definitions, values, and technical guidance provided to states.
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect - A service of the Children's Bureau provided through Cornell University that offers information and assistance with NCANDS data.