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Reporting Child Abuse - Oregon

Oregon

Under Oregon law, certain officials and professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, school employees, law enforcement officers, clergy, social workers, mental health professionals, firefighters, court appointed advocates, child care providers, employees or public or private organizations providing child related activities like scout camps, day camps, summer camps and religious centers, as well as coaches, assistants and trainers of amateur, semi professional or professional athletics, and others) with knowledge of or suspicion of child abuse are required to immediately make an oral report of such abuse to the Department of Human Services by telephone or in person.

Abuse is defined to include physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and neglect. To access the entire child abuse chapter in the official Oregon Code online, follow:

http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/lawsstatutes/2011ors419B.html

On August 1, 2013, S.B. 673 was signed into law. This law enhances penalties for the crime of trafficking of minors under 15 years of age or if force was used and trafficking was for the purpose of commercial sex acts. Provisions of this law add to existing definitions in the child abuse statute. Additional information regarding this law can be found at the link below:

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013R1/Measures/Overview/SB673

Links to specific sections are not available on this database. At this time, unofficial links to specific sections appear unavailable.

For valuable information on reporting abuse in Oregon and tools to determine what constitutes abuse, visit the Department of Human Services website at:

http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/abuse/main.shtml
http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/children/abuse/cps/report.shtml
http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/children/abuse/abuse_neglect.shtml
http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/children/abuse/abuse_neglect.shtml
http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/abuse/publications/children/index.shtml

To report child abuse or neglect, follow the link to contact
information for your local office:

http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/children/abuse/cps/cw_branches.shtml

Or Call: 800-854-3508, ext. 2402