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Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect

CHILD WELFARE INFORMATION GATEWAY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, CHILDREN’S BUREAU

1.1 SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM

Neglect is by far the most common form of maltreatment. More than 538,000 children were neglected in 2010, accounting for about 78 percent of all unique victims of child maltreatment. In addition, neglect was either the sole cause or one of the contributors to over 68 percent of the 1,560 child maltreatment-related deaths in 2010 (U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, 2011).