What is child maltreatment?
Child maltreatment is abuse and neglect that occurs to children under 18 years of age. It includes all types of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse in addition to all forms of neglect, negligence, and exploitation of children. Child maltreatment affects all children, families and communities within South Carolina. Harm from child abuse and neglect comes in many forms, including child health and educational attainment, family health and financial security, community health and state prosperity. Data is released annually by the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
How can this data be used?
- Educate others by raising awareness about these statistics in your workplace, organization, and community.
- Collaborate with your community to make data-driven decisions using this profile, including when developing a plan for action to prevent and address child maltreatment.
- Advocate by using this profile for grant writing, policy statements, and presentations to key policy stakeholders in your community.