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Reporting Child Abuse - Vermont


Under Vermont law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, mental health care professionals, child care providers, school teachers and administrators, headmasters of private schools, student teachers, social workers, probation officers, law enforcement officers, clergy and camp counselors) who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse is occurring, are required to report the abuse to the commissioner for children and families or his designee within twenty-four hours. Any other concerned person not specifically listed may make a report to the Commissioner for Children and Families or his designee orally or in writing.

The definition of “abused or neglected child” means a child whose physical health, psychological growth and development or welfare is harmed or is a child who is at substantial risk of harm by the acts or omissions of his or her parent or other person responsible for the child’s welfare. An “abused or neglected child” also means a child who is sexually abused or at substantial risk of sexual abuse by any person.

To access the entire child abuse reporting chapter of the official Vermont Code online, follow:


For more information about reporting child abuse in Vermont, the Vermont mandatory reporting law, and other useful information and tools on spotting abuse, visit the Department of Children and Families website at the links below:


Child Abuse Hotline: