Data Description

The SCAN Policies Database includes data on select definitions and policies related to child maltreatment incidence for 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The data is organized into six variable domains:

  • 1. Definitions of child abuse and neglect
  • 4. Investigation policies
  • 2. Reporting policies
  • 5. Child welfare responses
  • 3. Screening policies
  • 6. Child welfare system context

Two rounds of data are available for the SCAN Policies Database, specifically the SCAN Policies Database 2019 and the SCAN Policies Database 2021, which reflect the state definitions and policies in effect for the calendar years of 2019 and 2021, respectively.

Explore and Export Options

Full data set for all states and variable domains

Subset of states and variable domains for 2021 data

Select a subset of 2021 data to preview below.

  • Under Filters, select up to five states and the variable domain of interest and click APPLY to preview the 2021 data.
  • Use the DOWNLOAD DATA and DOWNLOAD CODEBOOK buttons once you are ready to proceed with the export. The data and associated codebook will download locally as .csv files.

2021 data preview

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