Abuse | Child Abuse | Child Abuse in an Educational Setting

Child Abuse is defined in law at Section 412 of the Social Services Law and in Section 1012 of the Family Court Act. Reporting is required by mandated reporters when a parent or other person legally responsible for a child's care inflicts serious physical injury, creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury, or commits an act of sex abuse against the child. It applies to the abuser and anyone who allows someone else to abuse the child. 

Mandated Training for Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse in New York State

Self-directed Online Training Course
Covering the role and responsibility as a mandated reporter for suspected Child Abuse - New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) 

NYSED Resources

NYS Education Department - Student Support Services - Child Abuse/Neglect Resources

Child Abuse Identification & Reporting - Approved Providers of Training

Mandated Training Related to Child Abuse


New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Preventing Child Abuse
The NYS OCFS maintains the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR, also known as the “hotline”) for reports made pursuant to the Social Services Law. 

Report of Suspected Child Abuse or Maltreatment (LDSS-2221A)
This written report is to be filed with the appropriate local CPS. Mandated reporters may request the address of the investigative district from the SCR’s child protective specialist at the time of the oral report to the SCR. LDSS-2221A is available in multiple languages.

Summary Guide for Mandated Reporters in NYS
Provides mandated reporters with an overview of their obligations and some basic information about the New York State Child Protective Services (CPS) system.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Resources on child welfare, abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. Printed and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools including resources that can be shared with families. 

SAY NO! Protecting Children Against Sexual Abuse
NYS Office of Child and Family Services brochure for parents to teach their children safety

Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect: Questions Often Asked By Friends, Neighbors, and Relatives

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Page Updated 5/15/23