National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information

Thank you to the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (NCCANCH) for the valuable information provided in this article.

International Nanny Association cannot guarantee accuracy of the information/phone number. Check your local listings and call your local reporting agency for more information.

So what is the ‘protocol’ for reporting abuse, and are nannies mandated to report abuse? According to the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (NCCANCH) all 50 states require individuals to report abuse, be it in the capacity of a child care worker or a concerned individual. Each state varies, but the responsibility to us is there.

If you as a nanny, or a parent, or an agency owner suspect abuse, or someone comes to you suspecting abuse, and you feel the necessity to report it, each state has different reporting agencies. We have listed those agencies by state as well as the phone number. If your state is not listed, or if you are calling from a different state other than the child resides, call Childhelp, 800-4-A-Child (800-422-4453).

Reports should contain the names and addresses of the child and the child’s parents or other persons responsible for the child’s care, the child’s age and sex, the nature and extent of the child’s injury (including any evidence of previous injuries) and any other information that the maker of the report believes might be helpful in establishing the cause of the injuries and the identity of the persons responsible for the injuries.

Alabama 
Report to Chief of Police, Sheriff, or Dept. of Human Resources

Alaska 
Department of Health and Social Services
800-478-4444

Arizona 
Police Officer or child protective services in the Dept. of Economic Security
888-SOS-CHILD (888-767-2445)

Arkansas 
Child Abuse Hotline
800-482-5964

California 
Child Protection Agency

Colorado 
Dept. of Social Services or local law enforcement agency

Connecticut 
Commissioner of Children and Family or local law enforcement agency
800-842-2288

Delaware 
Division of Child Protective Services – Dept. of Services for Children, Youth and their Families
800-292-9582

District of Columbia 
Metro Police Dept. or Child Protective Services Division

Florida 
Central Abuse Hotline
800-96-ABUSE (800-962-2873)

Georgia 
Child Welfare Agency – Dept. of Human Resources

Hawaii 
Dept. of Human Services or local law enforcement agency

Idaho 
Dept. of Health and Welfare or local law enforcement agency

Illinois 
Dept. of Children and Family Services
800-252-2873

Indiana 
Local child protection service or local law enforcement agency
800-800-5556

Iowa 
Dept. of Human Services
800-362-2178

Kansas 
Local law enforcement agency
800-922-5330

Kentucky 
Local law enforcement agency, Cabinet for Families and Children, State or County Attorney
800-752-6200

Louisiana 
Department of Social Services – Child Protection Unit

Maine 
Department of Human Services
800-452-1999

Maryland 
Department of Social Services or Local law enforcement agency
800-332-6347

Massachusetts 
Department of Social Services
800-792-5200

Michigan 
Department of Human Resources
800-942-4357

Minnesota 
Local Welfare Agency, Local law enforcement agency or county sheriff

Mississippi 
Department of Human Services
800-222-8000

Missouri 
Division of Family Services
800-392-3738

Montana 
Department of Public Health and Human Services
800-332-6100

Nebraska 
Local law enforcement agency or Department of Health and Human Services
800-652-1999

Nevada 
Division of Child and Family Services
800-992-5757

New Hampshire 
Department of Health and Human Services
800-894-5533

New Jersey 
Division of Youth and Family Services
800-792-8610

New Mexico 
Local law enforcement agency, County office of Youth and Families Department or Tribal law enforcement or social services agencies for any Indian child residing in Indian country.
800-797-3260

New York 
Child Protection Agency
800-342-3720

North Carolina 
Department of Social Services

North Dakota 
Department of Social Services
800-245-3736

Ohio 
Public Children Service Agency or Local law enforcement agency

Oklahoma 
Department of Human Services
800-522-3511

Oregon 
State Office for Services to Children and Families or Local law enforcement agency
800-854-3508, ext. 2402

Pennsylvania
800-932-0313

Rhode Island 
Department for Children and their Families
800-RI-CHILD

South Carolina 
Local law enforcement agency or Department of Social Services

South Dakota
Department of Social Services or local law enforcement agency

Tennessee 
Juvenile Judge, Department of Children’s Services, County Sheriff or local law enforcement agency

Texas 
Local or state law enforcement agency, Department of Protective and Regulatory Services
800-252-5400

Utah 
Local law enforcement agency or Division of Child and Family Services
800-678-9399

Vermont 
Commissioner of Social and Rehabilitation Services

Virginia 
Local law enforcement agency or Department of Social Services
800-552-7096

Washington 
Local law enforcement agency, Department of Social and Health Services
800-562-5624

West Virginia 
Department of Human Services
800-352-6513

Wisconsin
Department of Social Services or local law enforcement agency or county sheriff

Wyoming 
Child Protective Agency or local law enforcement agency
800-457-3659