Actions to Take if a Child is Being Abused

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, report it:

  • Call 1-800-649-5285 — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • If a child is in immediate danger - Dial 911

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, report it. Your call could protect a child, get help for a family, and may even save a child’s life.

Mandated Reporters

While anyone can voluntarily report suspected child abuse and neglect, certain people—called mandated reporters— are required by Vermont law to do so.

If you work in one of the professions listed below, you are a mandated reporter. This means that once you suspect a child may have been abused or neglected, you are required by law to report your suspicions to Family Services—within 24 hours.

For more information, including about how to file a report, your responsibilities, and legal protections, visit the Vermont Department of Children and Families website Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse/Neglect.

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