Report Child Abuse
To report child abuse, contact OCS and contact law enforcement using the information below.
Who Are Mandated Reporters?
The following persons who, in the performance of their occupational and appointed duties have reasonable cause to suspect that a child has suffered harm as a result of child abuse or neglect shall immediately report the harm to the nearest office of the department.
- Social workers
- Teachers, principals & other school personnel
- Physicians, nurses & other healthcare workers
- Counselors, therapists & other mental health professionals
- Childcare providers
- Medical examiners & coroners
- Law enforcement officers
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What Constitutes Child Abuse?
Child abuse is any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.
Children that are subjected to abuse usually experience harm to their health, welfare, and self-respect.
Who Should Report Child Abuse? All Of Us.
When Alaskans take the time to recognize and report abuse and neglect they are making a significant difference in a child’s life and in contributing to the health of our communities. The safety of children is everyone’s responsibility.
Anyone with reasonable cause to suspect that a child has suffered harm as a result of child abuse or neglect needs to immediately report the harm to the nearest office of the department. Even if you are not a mandated reporter (see Who Are Mandated Reporters), you can and should report child abuse and neglect.
What Information do I Need to Provide?
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, help the child by reporting it immediately. When filing a report, please give as much information as you can. Below is a list of some information that would be helpful, but please report even if you don’t have all of this information.
- Reporter name
- Child(ren) Name(s)
- Complete address
- Phone number
- Estimated or actual date of births
- Name of school the child attends
- A brief, yet concise description of abuse
- Names of other residents/people in the home & their relationship with the victim(s)
- A brief description of the victim’s disability or infirmity
- The relations of the alleged perpetrator of the victim