Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
If you know or reasonably suspect a child has been the victim of child abuse or neglect, please report to the authorities. It takes the whole community to protect our children. If you work in your professional capacity with children, it is your legal obligation to report. Here’s how:
For additional information on how to report abuse, as well as warning signs, please click here.
When a call is received by the Police Department, a uniformed police officer is sent to see the victim and conduct an initial investigation. When appropriate a full investigation is launched.
- Suspected Child Abuse Report, Form #SS8572 (http://www.caag.state.ca.us/childabuse/pdf/ss_8572.pdf)
- Child Abuse definitions (http://www.childhelp.org/page/-/pdfs/Child-Abuse-Definitions.pdf)
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (http://www.childhelp.org/pages/hotline-home) The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
- Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services Hotline: (800) 367-0166