Caring for Our Children Basics

Recognizing and Reporting Suspected Child Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

Because caregivers/teachers are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, each program should have a written policy for reporting child abuse and neglect. The written policy should specify that in any instance where there is reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred, the individual who suspects child abuse or neglect should report directly to the child abuse reporting hotline,  child protective services, or the police, as required by state and local laws.

Topic:Health Services Management

Keywords:Child abuse

Resource Type: Article

National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Last Updated: February 8, 2019