Reporting Child Abuse/Neglect
All children need and deserve nurturing from their families and communities. Yet, a safe community where children can live and grow among caring adults does not just happen. It is created by individuals who are committed and determined to shape that safe community. Abused or neglected children especially need the help of a caring community.
Anyone may voluntarily report suspected child abuse or neglect to the local child protection or law enforcement agency. All reports of suspected child abuse or neglect, including children residing on a Reservation or who are members of a Tribe, are to be reported to the local child protection agency or law enforcement.
This guide is designed to help you better understand the mandated reporter statue and to outline appropriate action you should take if you know or suspect a child is being abused or neglected.
This guide includes information on:
• The process for reporting suspected child maltreatment