What to Report to Department of
 Children & Families (DCF)

Whenever you have reasonable cause to believe a child
under the age of 18 has been abused or neglected.
Reasonable cause means a reasonable suspicion. Absolute
certainty or physical proof is not required. Abuse and neglect
should be reported regardless of whether you believe the
perpetrator is a caretaker or not.

Types of Abuse to Report:

  • Emotional Injury

  • Institutional Abuse or Neglect

  • Exposure and/or Witness to Domestic Violence

  • Knowledge of a Sex Offender Living in a Home with a Child

  • Physical Abuse

  • Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation