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An estimated 5 children die each day as a result of child abuse in the U.S. Reporting concerns of child abuse or neglect is a big responsibility that can save lives. The following resources can help you learn more about your responsibilities as a mandated reporter.

Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse and Neglect

A factsheet that addresses professionals, persons, and institutions required to report, standards for making a report, information on confidentiality and inclusion/ disclosure of a reporter’s identity, and summaries of state laws. LEARN MORE

Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting

A factsheet addressing the penalties for failing to report a suspected case of child abuse and neglect or for knowingly making a false report of abuse or neglect, which can include jail time, fines, or both. Summaries of laws for all U.S. states are included. LEARN MORE

What is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing Signs and Symptoms

A factsheet outlining the legal definition of child abuse and neglect, the signs and symptoms of abuse, and different types of abuse and neglect, including human trafficking. Get the most basic facts you’ll need to spot signs of abuse. LEARN MORE

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

A factsheet providing information on how communities, community leaders, and individual citizens can strengthen families, protect children, and prevent child abuse and neglect. Learn how you can help take action to protect children in your community. LEARN MORE

Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect

A factsheet explaining the long-term physical, psychological, behavioral, and societal consequences of child abuse and neglect. Get an overview of adverse childhood experiences and learn about the importance of prevention and intervention efforts and promoting protective relationships and environments. LEARN MORE

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