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Mandated Reporters

Are required to report or cause a report to be made when, in the ordinary course of their employment or profession, they have reasonable cause to suspect or believe that a child under the age of 18 has been abused, neglected or is placed in imminent risk of serious harm.


Reasonable cause to suspect

- Observed
- What is told or said
- Knowledge from professional training and experience
- A suspicion is enough to file a report based on what you observe or are told


Whom does DCF investigate?

The Department will investigate cases where the abuse or neglect has been inflicted by caused by a person responsible or entrusted for a child's care, health, welfare, or care.
Or by a person given access to a child by a person responsible


Who must report

Professionals who, because their work involves regular contact with children, are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect.