Reporting Child Abuse
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, report it. Call 1-800-649-5285 — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our 24-hour Child Protection Line makes it easy for you to share your concerns about a child with a trained social worker.
Your call could protect a child, get help for a family, and may even save a child’s life.
TIP: When you report child abuse or neglect, try to have as much information on hand as possible (e.g., the names of the child’s parents/caretakers; the child’s name, date of birth, home address, school or child care facility; and the nature and extent of the injuries or allegations of abuse/neglect). A social worker will ask you questions about the situation, record the information you provide, ask you to complete a written report, and in some cases, ask you to gather more information. You can fax your written report to (802) 241-3301.
Who must report child abuse?
Certain people are required by Vermont law to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. These mandated reporters are legally required to report their suspicions to the Family Services Division of DCF—within 24 hours.
What happens to reports received?
A supervisor reviews the reports — often the same day they are received. For each report, the supervisor must determine whether it alleges abuse or neglect as defined by state law.
According to Vermont law, a report will be accepted if it indicates:
Is my report confidential?
We will not divulge your identity unless:
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