Delaware law mandates any person, agency, organization or entity to make an immediate oral report to the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families when they know of, or suspect, child abuse or neglect under Chapter 9 of Title 16 of the Delaware Code and to follow up with any requested written reports (16 Del. C. §903).

The persons and entities required to file these mandatory reports include, but are not be limited to:

  • Physicians
  • Persons in the healing arts (such as dentists, interns or residents, nurses, social workers, and psychologists)
  • School employees
  • Medical examiners
  • Hospitals or other health care institutions
  • Medical Society of Delaware
  • Law enforcement agencies.

You may report child abuse or neglect by calling the Department’s 24-hour child abuse and neglect hotline at (800) 292-9582.

The Department will notify the Division of Professional Regulation of child abuse allegations.