Anyone can report suspected child abuse or neglect. Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family, and it may even save a child's life. In some states, any person who suspects child abuse or neglect is required to report it.
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, or if you are a child who is being mistreated, call 1-800-422-2253 immediately. This ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline can provide information on how to make a report.
Many states have a toll-free phone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect. To find out where to call, check the State Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Numbers list on childwelfare.gov.
If you think child abuse or a health and safety violation is happening at a child care program contact your state’s Child Care Health and Safety Violation Report Hotline. A list can be found at the bottom of each page on this website or click here.