Children Abused and Neglected

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Definitions: Children for whom a report of child abuse or neglect was substantiated by a county child protection worker. Substantiated abuse means that the county has conducted an assessment in response to a report and found that maltreatment occurred. This is a unique count of children, even though the same child may have been the subject of multiple reports.

The rate is the number of these children (for whom a report of child abuse or neglect was substantiated by a county child protection worker) divided by the estimated total number of children and multiplied by 1,000.

Data Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota's Child Welfare Report (annual).

Footnotes: Number/rate listed under Faribault County and Martin County is a combined figured representing the sum of cases in both counties. Number/rate listed under Lincoln, Lyon and Murray Counties is a combined figure representing the sum of cases in all three counties.

Due to implementation of Family Assessment Response (FAR, previously Alternative Response) rates prior to 2001 are not comparable to more recent data. FAR was implemented in all Minnesota counties by 2005. For more information about FAR, see p. 11 in "Seven Basic Needs: Minnesota KIDS COUNT Data Book 2007" at http://www.cdf-mn.org/PDF/KidsCountData_07/KIDSCOUNT_07_FINAL.pdf