California Child Safety Indicators Dashboard
Child Population

9,005,127

Allegations

391,546

(43.5 per 1,000)
Investigations

281,683

(31.3 per 1,000)
Substantiations

61,419

(6.8 per 1,000)
Entries

23,836

(2.6 per 1,000)

The data in this chart are from the same calendar year and provide an overview of the relative frequency of child-welfare safety decisions. Children are counted once at each level of involvement (unduplicated counts). This is not a cohort analysis. A child counted at one level of child-welfare involvement (e.g., Entries) is not necessarily counted at the preceding level (e.g., Substantiations). A child's entry to foster care in early 2020--counted in Jan-Dec 2020 Entries--might be based on a 2019 substantiation, not included in Jan-Dec 2020 Substantiations.

Changes in Education and Legal/Law Enforcement are highlighted. Public health restrictions associated with COVID-19 began approximately March 2020.

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Steady, long-term trends are highlighted:
decrease in the proportion of the disposition type Unfounded;
increases in the disposition types Inconclusive and Assessment Only/Evaluated Out.

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