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Reporting Child Abuse - Rhode Island

Rhode Island

Under Rhode Island law, any person who knows of or suspects child abuse or sexual abuse of a child is required to report such abuse within twenty-four (24) hours to the Department of Children, Youth and Families. The Department shall post in all Public and Private Schools a Child Abuse Hotline telephone number.

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

To access the entire child abuse chapter in the official Rhode Island Code online, follow:


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



For more information about reporting child abuse in Rhode Island, follow:


Child Abuse Hotline:

1 -800- RI-CHILD