Reporting Child Abuse - Missouri
Under Missouri law, certain individuals (including doctors and health care professionals, mental health care professionals, social workers, child care providers, probation or parole officers, teachers and school officials, clergy, law enforcement officers and others) are required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect to the division of children within the department of social services. Any other person besides those specifically named in the statute may report known or suspected abuse to the Missouri division of children. Reports are to be made by telephone or in person.
Child abuse is defined to include physical, mental, sexual abuse and neglect of a child.
On July 9, 2013, H.B. 505 was signed into law. This law adds a training requirement for teachers who are mandatory reporters. It also adds requirements for medical professionals and prohibits supervisors of mandatory reporters from interfering with reporting. Further information regarding this bill can be found here:
To access the specific sections summarized above in the official Missouri Code online, including any relevant definitions, follow:
To access the entire child abuse reporting chapter in the official Missouri Code online, follow:
For more information about reporting child abuse in Missouri, how to spot abuse, and additional resources for mandatory reporters, see the Missouri Department of Social Services Website, Children’s section and the following links:
Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline:
573-751-3448 (outside Missouri)
Text telephone number: 1-800-669-8689