The iCoverT is a rich data source on the incidence of child maltreatment in England and Wales, 1858 to 2016. The data source was developed using systematic methods to identify, digitalise, and harmonise six official statistics and accompanying documentation relating to measures of child maltreatment: Child Protection Statistics, Children In Care Statistics, Criminal Statistics, Homicide Index, Mortality Statistics and NSPCC Statistics. The data source spans over 150 years and consists of over 43,500 data points and 250 variables. Variables include estimates for rates of child maltreatment, as well as information on perpetrator and victim characteristics and type of maltreatment. Full methodological and data details are published elsewhere (Degli Esposti, Taylor, Humphreys, & Bowes, 2018, PLoS One; Degli Esposti et al 2019, Lancet Public Health). Ongoing work is underway to enhance the resource to create a national surveillance tool that monitors patterns in child maltreatment in real-time.
Degli Esposti, M., Taylor, J., Bowes, L., & Humphreys, D. K. (2018, July 16). iCoverT: A data source on the incidence of Child maltreatment over Time in England and Wales. https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/CF7MV