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Reporting Child Abuse - Virginia


Under Virginia law, certain professionals (including licensed medical professionals and other health care professionals, social workers, probation officers, teachers or school administrators, child care providers, mental health professionals, family-services specialist, law enforcement officers, mediators, court appointed advocates, athletic coaches, athletic directors or others over the age of 18 including employees or volunteers with private sports organizations, administrators and persons over the age of 18 employed by public or private day camps and youth centers or youth recreation programs) , are required to report known or suspected child abuse immediately to the local department of social services in the city or county where the child resides or where the abuse is believed to be occurring by calling the child abuse hotline. Any other person not specifically listed in the statute may make a report of known or suspected child abuse to the local Department of Social Services.

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

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


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





For more information, visit the Virginia department of social services website at:



For a list of local departments follow:


Report child abuse/neglect to Child Protective Services (CPS)

In Virginia: 1-800-552-7096

Out-of-state: 1-804-786-8536