Number - the unduplicated number of children confirmed to have been victims of child abuse or neglect during a calendar year.
Rate - the unduplicated number of children confirmed to have been victims of child abuse or neglect per 1,000 children in that age group.
Child victim data - Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request.
Population data - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2018). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2017." Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezapop/
Child welfare data is reported according to the location of the DCFS office through which the case is handled. Some parishes do not have a DCFS office that handles child welfare cases, and children in those parishes are served by offices in the nearest parish. Geographies reported here reflect instances in which one parish office serves children in multiple parishes (e.g. Jefferson Parish's offices also serve children in Plaquemines and St. Bernard).
2016-2017 data does not include any investigations considered to be ongoing.
LNE (low number event) - a number or rate based on more between one and five children