If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, report it:
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, report it. Your call could protect a child, get help for a family, and may even save a child’s life.
- Read the How to Report Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect brochure
While anyone can voluntarily report suspected child abuse and neglect, certain people—called mandated reporters— are required by Vermont law to do so.
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 Family Services—within 24 hours.
- Chiropractor, dentist, emergency medical personnel, licensed practical nurse, medical examiner, mental health professional, osteopath, pharmacist, physician, physician’s assistant, psychologist, registered nurse, surgeon, or any other health care provider;
- Hospital administrator, intern, or resident physician in any hospital in the state;
- School guidance counselor, librarian, principal, superintendent, teacher, or any other individual regularly employed by a school district, or contracted and paid by a school district to provide student services for five or more hours a week during the school year;
- Child care worker, police officer, probation officer, social worker, or member of the clergy;
- Residential and non-residential camp administrator, counselor, or owner; and
- Employee, contractor, or grantee of the Agency of Human Services who has contact with clients.
For more information, including about how to file a report, your responsibilities, and legal protections, visit the Vermont Department of Children and Families website Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse/Neglect.