Why do the number of reports of child abuse decrease in the summer time?
There are less reports of child abuse made during the summer because children have less contact with mandated reporters, such as teachers and social workers, while they are not in school. The decrease in reports of child abuse during the summer does not mean there is less child abuse and neglect taking place. The number of child abuse reports increases in September and continues through June. July and August are the months with the lowest number of child abuse reports.