Neighborhood and School Safety
Families are more likely to feel comfortable in a neighborhood if they feel that their children are safe. Parents were asked how often they felt that their child was safe in their community or neighborhood—never, sometimes, usually, or always. Parents of school-aged children (aged 6-17) were asked the same question about their child's safety at school.
Children with special health care needs were slightly less likely than other children to be reported to always be safe in their neighborhoods or at school. CSHCN in higher-income families are more likely than those in poverty to be safe in their neighborhoods or at school; of CSHCN with household incomes of 400 percent or more of the Federal poverty level (FPL), 54.5 percent are always safe in their neighborhoods and 58.8 percent are always safe at school, compared to 46.2 percent and 53.0 percent of CSHCN with household incomes of 100 percent of FPL or less. White CSHCN are also more likely than CSHCN of other racial and ethnic groups to be reported to always be safe in their neighborhoods or at school (data not shown).
The percentage of CSHCN who are always safe in their neighborhoods and schools was higher in 2007 than in 2003, when 45.2 percent were reported to be safe in their neighborhoods and 51.6 percent were always safe at school.