Reporting Child Abuse

Reporting Child Abuse

It is important that everyone report suspected child abuse. The truth is that our first inclination is to not get involved, but if you fail to act, that is all it takes for abuse or neglect to continue.

If you ever come across suspected abuse, we urge you to call the Los Angeles County Child Protection Hotline at 800-540-4000.  The hotline is operated twenty-four hours, seven days a week. 

You don’t need to know that child abuse or neglect is taking place. You are welcome to report your suspicions and consult with a social worker if you are not clear whether what you are witnessing or have learned of is abuse.  Depending on your profession, you might even be legally obligated to report suspected child abuse and neglect, a so-called “mandated reporter.”  But if you are not a mandated reporter, you can make your report anonymously.