Young Maltreatment Perpetrators’ Past Experiences With Child Protective Services: Findings from NCANDS


This study explored whether young maltreatment perpetrators have had prior contact with child protective services (CPS) as victims or as nonvictims. States use a unique person ID to identify each person in the NCANDS Child File, whether the person is a child who is a subject of a report or a perpetrator. If a child who is the subject of a maltreatment report later becomes a maltreatment perpetrator, the same ID is used. Overall, 56% of these young perpetrators have had prior contact with CPS during the previous 10 years.

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.