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Reporting Child Abuse - Connecticut

CONNECTICUT

Under the Connecticut statute, certain listed professionals (including doctors or other health care professionals and employees, mental health professionals or counselors, school employees, social workers, probation officers, law enforcement officers, clergy, domestic violence or sexual assault counselors, day care or child care employees, foster parents, employees of the state Department of Public Health and the Department of Children and Families, child advocates and other named professionals) are required to report orally (by phone or in person) any known or suspected child abuse they encounter in the ordinary course of their employment or profession to the Commissioner of Children and Families or to a local law enforcement agency not later than twelve hours after they have cause to know of or suspect child abuse. Then, these professionals are also required to file a written report of the known or suspected abuse to the Commissioner of Children and Families within 48 hours after making the oral report.

To access the entire Connecticut Chapter on Child Welfare, including any relevant definitions, follow:

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap319a.htm

To access the entire Connecticut Code online, follow the link below. The reporting act is contained in Title 17a (Social and Human Services and Resources), Chapter 319a (Child Welfare), Sections 17a-101 through 110:

http://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/titles.htm

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families website provides valuable information including:

Definitions of abuse and neglect:
http://www.ct.gov/dcf/cwp/view.asp?Q=316956&a=2556

Information for mandatory reporters:
http://www.ct.gov/dcf/cwp/view.asp?a=3483&Q=413540

Answers to frequently asked questions about reporting child abuse, including a link to the required written report form for mandatory reporters:

http://www.ct.gov/dcf/cwp/view.asp?a=2556&q=314388

The Connecticut Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Connecticut strongly encourages anyone who suspects that a child has been abused or neglected or is in danger of abuse or neglect to call the Hotline at:

1-800-842-2288 or TDD: 1-800-624-5518