Children and Adolescents as Perpetrators of Child Maltreatment: Findings from NCANDS


This infographic provides a visual report of findings on child maltreatment perpetrators younger than 18 as reported to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS).

The majority of young perpetrators (younger than age 18) reported in the NCANDS files are in two groups:

  • 51% of young perpetrators are male relatives who sexually abused their victims. These may be brothers, cousins, or uncles.
  • 24% of young perpetrators are mothers associated with any maltreatment types.

Other perpetrators are fathers, nonrelatives, female relatives, and male perpetrators of neglect, physical abuse, or other maltreatment types.

About the Authoring Project

The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF), Children’s Bureau.