HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) today released its annual report on child abuse and neglect. “Child Maltreatment 2010” marks the 21st issuance of the report and shows a steady decline in the number of victims who suffered maltreatment for the fourth consecutive year. According to the report, an estimated 754,000 children were determined to be victims of maltreatment in 2010, down from 763,000 victims in 2009. As in past years, rates of abuse and neglect are highest among infants and young children.
“We are heartened to see maltreatment on the decline, but even one child being a victim of abuse and neglect is too many,” said George Sheldon, acting assistant secretary for children and families. “The report reminds us of the continuing need for investment in prevention efforts and the importance of coordination between federal, state and local agencies.”
Source: Administration of Children and Families