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Child Maltreatment 2008

Published: December 31, 2008
Child Maltreatment

This is a historical document. Use for research and reference purposes only.

This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2008.

Table of Contents



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 Referral to Investigation
  • CPS Workforce and Workload
  • Tables and Notes
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Chapter 3: Children

  • Children Who Were Subjects of a Report
  • Child Victims
  • First-Time Victims
  • Age and Sex of Victims
  • Race and Ethnicity of Victims
  • Types of Maltreatment
  • Risk Factors
  • Perpetrator Relationship
  • Recurrence
  • 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 Relationship
  • Maltreatment Types of Child Fatalities
  • Report Sources of Child Fatalities
  • Prior CPS Contact of Child Fatalities
  • Tables and Notes

Chapter 5: Perpetrators

  • Age and Sex of Perpetrators
  • Race and Ethnicity of Perpetrators
  • Perpetrator Relationship
  • Types of Maltreatment
  • Tables and Notes

Chapter 6: Services

  • Preventive Services
  • Postinvestigation Services
  • In-Home Services
  • Children Who Were Removed From Home
  • Tables and Notes

Chapter 7: Additional Research Related to Child Maltreatment

  • 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 Submission and Data Elements

Appendix D: State Commentary

Appendix E: Reader Feedback