Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse/Neglect
If you work in one of the professions listed below, you are a mandated reporter.
This means that once you suspect a child may have been abused or neglected, you are required by law to report your suspicions to FSD—within 24 hours.
How do I make a report?
Call 1-800-649-5285 — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If the child is in immediate danger, dial 911 or your local police first. Then, call FSD to make a report.
What happens when I call?
Before you call, try to have as much information on hand as possible (e.g., the child’s name, date of birth, home address, school or child care provider, and parents’ names).
A social worker will:
You can fax your written report to (802) 241-3301.
What if I’m not sure it’s abuse?
Please call us for advice, if you:
What information may be shared with me?
If you are a mandated reporter, we may share the following with you:
Can I be sued?
Vermont law provides you with immunity from civil or criminal liability as long as your report was made in good faith.
What about HIPAA?
The HIPAA privacy rule allows covered organizations to disclose protected health information to report suspected child abuse or neglect to government authorities authorized by law to receive such reports.
Is my report confidential?
We will not divulge your identity unless:
Where Can I Get More Information?