Victim Services

Unit 4: Legal Aspects

Child Abuse Reporting

EVERYONE IS CONSIDERED A MANDATORY REPORTER IN THE STATE OF INDIANA!  If you are working with a client and they disclose abuse in the home with regards to the child, you must indicate your role and report the incident of abuse immediately. 

Please report all child abuse and neglect by calling  

1-800-800-5556

Suspected child abuse or neglect should be reported to Child Protective Services (CPS). They operate a 24-hour, 7-day a week hotline: 1-800-800-5556. There is also a local number for every county listed at the CPS website http://www.in.gov/dcs/2372.htm

Reporting:
Any individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect must make a report. In agencies in which there are established reporting protocols, the report may be made to the individual in charge or another designated agent, who also becomes responsible to report or cause a report to be made. This does not relieve individuals who make a report to another staff person of their own obligation to report directly to child protection services or law enforcement unless a report has already been made by the agency liaison. Anonymous reports are accepted. Failure to make a report can be a Class B misdemeanor.

Indiana Criminal Codes for Reporting:

mandatory reporting law (IC31-33-5-1)

failing to report law (IC31-33-22-1)

false reporting law (IC31-33-22-3)