Child protective workforce in the U.S. 2018

This statistic shows the number of people working in child protective services in the United States in 2018, by job type. In 2018, there were about 3,349 intake and screening workers in child protective services.

Number of people working in child protective services in the United States in 2018, by type of job

Number of workers
Intake, screening, investigation, and alternative response workers29,754
Investigation and alternative response workers20,469
Intake and screening workers3,349
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Sources

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Based on State submissions to National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) of alleged child abuse and neglect. NCANDS collects case level data on children who received child protective services response in the form of an investigative or alternative response. Each state has its own definition of child abuse and neglect based on standards set by federal law. Child abuse is defined as any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation; or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk or serious harm.

Only 40 states provided data for intake and screening workers and Investigation and alternative response workers, and 43 states provide data for intake, screening, investigation, and alternative response workers.

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