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Reporting Child Abuse - Ohio


Under Ohio law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, mental health care professionals, child care provider, day camp providers, school teachers or school officials and superintendent or regional administrator employed by the department of youth services ) acting in their professional capacities who know of or suspect child abuse are required to immediately report that knowledge or suspicion to a Public Children Services Agency or a local law enforcement agency. If two or more health care professionals providing health care services to a child, determine or suspect that the child has been or is being abused or neglected, the health care professionals are to report the abuse or neglect. Any other person not specifically listed may report any known or suspected abuse. The results of any available reports of examinations, tests, or procedures shall be included in a report and shall be provided to the Public Children Services Agency.

Abuse is defined to include physical and mental abuse.

To access the entire child abuse act of the official Ohio Code online, follow:


For more information of reporting child abuse in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website:


To report child abuse in Ohio, contact the county Public Children’s Service Agency. Contact information for each agency by county is provided here:


1- 855-O-H-Child (1-855-642-4453)