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Reporting Child Abuse - Vermont

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, camp counselors, among others) that 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.

Child abuse is defined as physical injury, mental injury, sexual injury, exploitation and neglect.

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

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/sections.cfm?Title=33&Chapter=049

To access the specific sections summarized above in the official Alaska Code online, follow:

http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullsection.cfm?Title=33&Chapter=049&Section=04913
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullsection.cfm?Title=33&Chapter=049&Section=04912
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/fullsection.cfm?Title=33&Chapter=049&Section=04914

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:

http://dcf.vermont.gov/fsd/reporting_child_abuse
http://dcf.vermont.gov/fsd/reporting_child_abuse/mandated_reporters
http://dcf.vermont.gov/fsd/reporting_child_abuse/child_abuse_neglect

Child Abuse Hotline:
1-800-649-5285