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 Survey Instrument - This section contains the most recent codebooks or survey instruments for the Child File,
Agency File, and Summary Data Component.

Data Profile Programming Logic - Programming logic (SPSS syntax) for use with both NCANDS and AFCARS data for the Child Welfare Outcomes and Measures and the Child and Family Services Review Data Profile.

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.

Last Reviewed: June 18, 2015