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The Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, founded in 1988, is dedicated to improving the care of infants, children, and adolescents who are abused and neglected by providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments relating to child abuse and neglect and its prevention. 

Membership in SOCAN is open to all Fellows of the AAP.  SOCAN members need not be trained in, have experience or expertise in, or be practicing in the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics.  Membership in the Section should not be construed as evidence of certification or expertise in Child Abuse and Neglect. If you are interested in learning more about subspecialty certification in Child Abuse Pediatrics, visit the American Board of Pediatrics Web site.

-What's New-

The AAP and the SOCAN will once again be co-sponsoring another
Inter-CAP: An International Conference on Child Abuse Pediatrics,
scheduled for June 12-15, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

To learn more and sign up for updates,
click here to visit the conference website.

New Resources
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Upcoming Meetings/Conferences
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The Child Maltreatment 2013 report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States.

Highlights from the report include the following:

  • From 2009 to 2013, overall rates of victimization declined, from 9.3 to 9.1 per 1,000 children in the population. This resulted in an estimated 23,000 fewer victims in 2013 (679,000) compared with the number of victims in 2009 (702,000).
  • Since 2009, overall rates of children who received a response from child protective services (CPS) increased from 40.3 to 42.9 per 1,000 children in the population. This resulted in an estimated 145,000 additional children who received a CPS response in 2013 (3,188,000) compared to 2009 (3,043,000). States provide possible explanations for the increase in Appendix D, State Commentary.
  • Four-fifths (79.5 percent) of victims experienced neglect, 18 percent experienced physical abuse, 9 percent experienced sexual abuse, and 8.7 percent experienced psychological maltreatment.
  • For 2013, a nationally estimated 1,520 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.04 children per 100,000 children in the national population.

The full Child Maltreatment 2013 report is available to view and download on the ACF website, along with access to archived Child Maltreatment reports 1995-2012. Additional information on child abuse and neglect is available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at

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