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Reporting Child Abuse - New Hampshire

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Under New Hampshire law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, teachers and school officials, child care providers, mental health care professionals, law enforcement officers and clergy) and any other person who knows of or suspects child abuse or neglect are required to report by telephone or in person to the Department of Health and Human Services and to follow the oral report with a written report within forty-eight (48) hours.

The statute defines child abuse to include physical, mental and sexual abuse.

To access the entire child abuse chapter of the official New Hampshire Code online, follow:

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/NHTOC/NHTOC-XII-169-C.htm

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

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XII/169-C/169-C-29.htm
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XII/169-C/169-C-30.htm
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XII/169-C/169-C-3.htm

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

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/cps/stop.htm
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/cps/signs.htm

To find contact information for the Department of Health and Human Services to report abuse, follow:

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/cps/contact.htm

To report child abuse toll-free, call:
1-800-894-5533 (in state only)