How to Report Child Abuse
If you have concerns that a child is being abused or neglected by a parent, guardian, or any other adult responsible for that child’s welfare, make a report to the Department of Social Services (DSS) in the county where the child lives.
If you have concerns that the child was abused by a non-caregiver or the abuse is a criminal matter, make a report to the law enforcement agency where the alleged offense occurred.
If a child makes a disclosure, do NOT do an in depth interview, instead conduct a Minimal Facts Interview:
- Who? Names of victims and suspects
- What? What happened
- Where? Where did the incident happen
- When? When did it happen
- Witnesses? Were there any witnesses