The number and rate per 1,000 children investigated (receiving assessments) for abuse and neglect during the state fiscal year (July – June).
The number of children with a substantiated finding by category during the state fiscal year (July – June) by most severe finding.
Substantiated abuse is defined as a situation in which a child’s parent, guardian, custodian or caretaker inflicts or allows to be inflicted, creates or allows to be created a substantial risk of serious physical injury by other than accidental means; or uses or allows to be used upon the child cruel or grossly inappropriate procedures or cruel or grossly inappropriate devices to modify behavior; or commits, permits, or encourages the commission of any sexual offense by, with or upon the child in violation of the law; promotes the prostitution of the child; or creates or allows to be created serious emotional damage to the child; or encourages, directs or approves of delinquent acts involving moral turpitude committed by the child. Substantiated neglect is defined as a situation in which a child does not receive proper care, supervision or discipline from the child’s parent, guardian, custodian or caretaker; or who has been abandoned; or who is not provided necessary medical care; or who is not provided necessary remedial care; or who lives in an environment injurious to the child’s welfare; or who has been placed for care or adoption in violation of the law. In determining whether a child is neglected, it is relevant if that the child lives in a home where another child has died as a result of abuse or neglect or lives in a home where another child has been subjected to sexual abuse or severe physical abuse by an adult who regularly lives in the home.
Duncan, D.F., Kum, H.C., Flair, K.A., and Stewart, C.J. Management Assistance for Child Welfare, Work First, and Food & Nutrition Services in North Carolina. Special data request, March 2011. Also available online through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Jordan Institute for Families website at http://ssw.unc.edu/ma/.
Last updated June 2018.