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Reporting Child Abuse - Idaho


Under Idaho law, certain individuals and professionals (including doctors and other health care professionals and employees, social workers, teachers, coroners, and day care personnel) or any other person with knowledge of abuse or reason to believe a child is being abused or neglected, are required to report such information within 24 hours to the Department of Health and Welfare or a law enforcement agency (city police, prosecuting attorney, state law enforcement or the sheriff of any county).

Abuse is defined to include any act or omission resulting in physical injury or death that is not accidental and sexual abuse or conduct with the child.

To access the specific sections summarized above in the official Idaho Code online, including any relevant definitions, follow:



For more information, visit the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website at:


Use the following link to find contact information for your local department of health and welfare child protection office:


If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you should call your local child protection office at the above link, or you should call the Idaho Careline:

Idaho Careline:

Statewide: 1-855-552-KIDS (5437)