Child Maltreatment 2005

Publication Date: December 31, 2005


This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2005.

Table of Contents

Letter from the Associate Commissioner:



Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Background of NCANDS
  • Annual Data Collection Process
  • Structure of the Report

Chapter 2: Reports

  • Screening of Referrals
  • Report Sources
  • Investigation or Assessment Results
  • Report Dispositions by Report Source
  • Response Time from Report to Investigation
  • CPS Workforce and Workload
  • Tables and Notes
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Chapter 3: Children

  • Children Who Were Subjects of an Investigation
  • Child Victims
  • First-Time Victims
  • Types of Maltreatment
  • Sex and Age of Victims
  • Race and Ethnicity of Victims
  • Living Arrangement of Victims
  • Reported Disability of Victims
  • Recurrence
  • Perpetrators of Maltreatment
  • Maltreatment in Foster Care
  • Tables and Notes

Chapter 4: Fatalities

  • Number of Child Fatalities
  • Age and Sex of Child Fatalities
  • Race and Ethnicity of Child Fatalities
  • Perpetrator Relationships of Child Fatalities
  • Maltreatment Types of Child Fatalities
  • Prior CPS Contact of Child Fatalities
  • Tables and Notes

Chapter 5: Perpetrators

  • Characteristics of Perpetrators
  • Tables and Notes

Chapter 6: Services

  • Preventive Services
  • Postinvestigation Services
  • Tables and Notes

Chapter 7: Additional Research Related to Child Maltreatment 97

  • Reports on Key Indicators, Outcomes, and National Statistics
  • Studies of the Characteristics of Children in the Child Welfare System
  • Capacity-Building Initiatives
  • Suggestions for Future Research

Appendix A: Required CAPTA Data Items

Appendix B: Glossary

Appendix C: Data Submissions and Data Elements

Appendix D: State Commentary

Appendix E: Reader Survey



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