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Mandatory Reporting

U.S. state child protection phone numbers and websites  and the hours of available assistance are provided by Child Welfare Information Gateway.

State Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Numbers Child Welfare information gateway has listed the phone contact information and weblinks for each of the states.

State Statutes for Mandatory Reporting of child maltreatment from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a pdf of state statues listing mandatory reporting requirements for all 50 states and the US territories.

Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect from the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a pdf outlining the state penalties for failure to report. Information can also be found in this publication on penalties for filing false or malicious reports.

Disclosure of confidential child abuse and neglect records  

Search State or territory statues on child abuse and neglect and child welfare information.

Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Law toolkit: Developing and Implementing Policies and Training Guide. This toolkit from  Family Planning National Center is for  and service providers to assist in developing reporting policies and staff training procedures. 


National District Attorney Association.(2015) Investigating & prosecuting child abuse multidisciplinary teams (MDT) recognizes that most states use MDT’s  This survey includes state, federal and territorial legislation sanctioning the use of MDT’s for coordinating the investigative and prosecution of child abuse.  

Oregon Department of Human Services informational pamphlet: What you can do about child abuse. This pdf guide offers information on reporting child abuse, child sexual abuse, the child protection process and definitions of types of child abuse and neglect. 

How to Report Child Abuse as a Member of the Military: provides on the Department of Defense policy on Child Sexual Abuse reporting within military installations  


Immunity for Child Protection Reports information on immunity for reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect from Child Welfare Information Gateway.  State statutes on protection from liability for reporters.  


This Policy Statement is based on the most current regulations provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services regarding Child Abuse, Confidentiality and the Health Insurance portability and Accountability Act.



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