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Reporting Child Abuse - North Carolina

North Carolina

Under North Carolina law, any person who knows of or has reason to suspect child abuse is required to report that abuse to the Director of the Department of Social Services in the county where the child lives or can be found. The report can be made orally, by telephone, in person or in writing.

Abuse is defined to include physical, mental and sexual abuse.

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



The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website provides an overview of the North Carolina reporting law at the link below:


To report abuse, call your local social services office. To find contact information for your local office by county, follow: