Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect

The Code of Virginia requires that mandated reporters immediately report suspected child abuse or neglect to the local department of social services or to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline.

You need not prove that abuse or neglect has taken place or determine the type of needed CPS response. Local departments of social services are responsible for making these determinations.

To report child abuse or neglect, call the local social services department or the State’s toll-free Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800-552-7096.

The Hotline is answered by social workers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.