Illinois DCFS Reminds Mandated Professionals That You Are Required By Law to Report Child Abuse or Neglect

Illinois DCFS Reminds Mandated Professionals That You Are Required By Law to Report Child Abuse or Neglect

For months, Illinois children have been isolated at home without teachers, coaches, family or other adults to see them, but that is changing as some sports practices have resumed, annual physicals are scheduled and schools have welcomed students back, either in person or virtually.

Most professionals in education, health care, law enforcement, child care and social work are mandated reporters, and are required by law to call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873) if they believe a child is being abused or neglected.

As these professionals are beginning to see children again, Illinois DCFS has released a new PSA reminding them of their responsibility.

“It is our collective responsibility to keep children safe,” said Illinois DCFS Acting Director Marc D. Smith. “The children who are unable to get help on their own need mandated reporters to be their voice.”

To make a report of suspected child abuse or neglect online in a non-emergency situation, visit https://dcfsonlinereporting.dcfs.illinois.gov/.

To make a report by phone, call 1-800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873).

To help mandated reporters understand their vital role in protecting children, DCFS offers a free online on-demand training course entitled Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Training for Mandated Reporters. To access the training, visit www2.illinois.gov/DCFS, then click on About Us and then on Training.

To listen to the PSA, click here: www.illinois.gov/iisradiopsa

SOURCE: Illinois DCFS news release