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Reporting Child Abuse - Nebraska


Under Nebraska law, certain individuals (including doctors and health care professionals, teachers and school employees, social workers and the inspector general) and any other person who knows of or suspects child abuse or neglect are required to immediately report the abuse or neglect to a law enforcement agency or to the Department of Health and Human Services on the child abuse hotline. Any oral report is required to be followed by a written report of the abuse or neglect.

Child abuse or neglect is defined as knowingly, intentionally or negligently causing or permitting a minor child to be placed in a situation that endangers his/her life or physical or mental health; cruelly confined/punished; deprived of necessary food, clothing, shelter or care; left unattended in motor vehicle if such minor child is six years of age or younger; sexually abused; or sexually exploited.

To access the entire child abuse reporting chapter in the official Nebraska Code online, sections 28-710 through 28-739 follow:


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



For more information on reporting child abuse and spotting abuse and neglect in Nebraska, visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website at:



Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: