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Reporting Child Abuse - Wisconsin


Under Wisconsin law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, mental health care professionals, social workers, school teachers and administrators, child care providers, and law enforcement officers, among others) are required to report known or suspected child abuse to the county department of children and families, a welfare agency, or local sheriff by telephone or in person. Any other person not specifically listed may make a report of any known or suspected child abuse.

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

To access the entire chapter of the official Wisconsin Code online, follow:


To access this specific section of the official Wisconsin Code online, follow:


On December 12, 2013, A.B. 566 was introduced and referred to committee. This bill provides that if the Department of Human Services cannot determine who abused or neglected a child subsequent to a submitted report, then the agency must initiate a diligent investigation to determine if the child is in need of protection or services. The text of A.B. 566 can be viewed online at:


Child abuse should be reported to the local department of social/human service. Below is a link to contact information by county: