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Reporting Child Abuse - Kentucky


Under Kentucky law, any person who knows of or has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse is required to immediately report such abuse by telephone, in person or in writing, to a law enforcement agency or to a commonwealth or county attorney or other designated representatives. Certain professionals have the additional duty to file a written report within forty-eight (48) hours.

Child abuse is defined to include non-accidental physical injury, emotional injury, failure to provide the child essential care and protection, sexual abuse or exploitation of the child, abandonment, exploitation and neglect.

Links to the specific sections of the official Kentucky Code online are not available. The mandatory child abuse reporting act is located in Title LI (Unified Juvenile Code), Chapter 620 (Dependency, Neglect and Abuse), Sections 620.010 through 620.030. The link to the entire official Kentucky Code online is:


Links to the specific sections summarized above, including definitions, in an unofficial version of the Code online, are available as follows:


For more information, including links to county specific contact information and frequently asked questions about reporting abuse see the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services website:


Child Protection Hot Line:
1-877-597-2331 (Toll Free)

[1] Please note any unofficial sources may not reflect the most current changes in Kentucky law and should not be relied upon.