Child Protection and Child Welfare

How to report child abuse or neglect

Call the county or tribal social service agency, or the police, where the child lives if you believe that a child is being hurt or neglected.

Some people whose jobs involve caring for children, such as doctors, teachers and law enforcement, are required by law to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Other people, such as neighbors or relatives, are encouraged to report if they think a child is being abused or neglected.

Mandated reporters training and guide

Printable guide

You can also print and distribute this guide as needed: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect: A Resource Guide for Mandated Reporters (PDF).


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