Reporting Child Abuse - New York
Under New York law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, social workers, mental health professionals, teachers and school officials, summer or day camp employees, child care providers, foster care parents or workers, substance abuse counselors, law enforcement officers, district attorneys, and others) that know of or suspect child abuse in their professional capacities are required to report such abuse by telephone, fax, or in writing. Any oral reports are to be followed by a written report within forty-eight hours. Oral reports are to be made to the statewide central register of child abuse and maltreatment or to the local child protective services agency. Written reports are to be made, in most cases, to the local child protective services agency. Any other person not specifically listed may make a report of any known or suspected abuse.
To access the specific sections summarized above in the official New York Code online, including any relevant definitions, follow:
The New York Office of Children and Family Services website provides an overview of the New York reporting law, frequently asked questions and warning signs of abuse, definitions, links and information for mandatory reporters at the links below:
Call Statewide Toll Free At:
If you believe that a child is in immediate danger,
call 911 or your local police department.