Prevent Child Abuse and Human Trafficking in Colorado
What is child abuse, child neglect, and human trafficking in Colorado?
Colorado state law defines child abuse and/or neglect in Section 19-1-13 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, which includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and child neglect.
Human trafficking is a form of child abuse where an individual profits or otherwise benefits from the control and exploitation of a child or teen younger than 18.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 11,578 victims of abuse or neglect in Colorado in 2017, a rate of 9.2 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 9,461 were neglected, 1,299 were physically abused, and 1,068 were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to CO state requirements?
More than 40 categories of professions are considered mandatory reports of child abuse and neglect in Colorado, including the following:
- Physician or surgeon, including a physician in training
- Child health associate
- Medical examiner or coroner
- Registered nurse or licensed practical nurse
- Hospital personnel engaged in the admission, care, or treatment of patients
- Christian science practitioner
- Public or private school official or employee
- Social worker or worker in any licensed or certified facility or agency (e.g. child care providers and employees, foster parents, employees at residential care facilities, youth shelters, homeless shelters)
- Mental health professional
- Dental hygienist
- Physical therapist
- Peace officer
- Commercial film and photographic print processor
- Victim’s advocate
- Licensed professional counselors
- Licensed marriage and family therapists
- Registered psychotherapists
- Clergy member
- Registered dietitian
- Worker in the state department of human services
- Juvenile parole and probation officers
- Child and family investigators
- Officers and agents of the state bureau of animal protection, and animal control officers
- The child protection ombudsman
- Educator providing services through a federal special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children
- Director, coach, assistant coach, or athletic program personnel employed by a private sports organization or program.
- Person who is registered as a psychologist candidate, marriage and family therapist candidate, or licensed professional counselor candidate
- Emergency medical service providers
- Officials or employees of county departments of health, human services or social services
- Naturopathic Doctor
How do I report child abuse and human trafficking in Colorado?
Child abuse (including human trafficking) can be reported to the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Reporting System and toll-free 24/7 hotline at 844-CO-4-KIDS (844-264-5437).
Mandatory reporters who fail to report child abuse can be charged with a class 3 misdemeanor, receive a fine of $750 and/or imprisonment up to six months, and be liable for what the law terms “damages approximately caused.”
How do I get free online child abuse training for my organization?
Here is free online training for Colorado mandatory reporters from the Department of Human Services. You can also use the code STAYSAFE to enroll in Creating Safe Environments for Organizations, a free online training class. Leaders in organizations use this free online course to explore child abuse prevention best practices and help prevent child abuse and human trafficking in Colorado.
How do I get online child abuse training for myself?
How do I contact the CO Department of Human Services?
Contact the Colorado Department of Human Services
1575 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Human Services requires. The state requirements and child abuse and human trafficking statistics listed on this page are current as of May 13th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State requirements may change and it is your responsibility to know your state mandated reporter requirements and the process for online child abuse prevention training. Compass Child Protection Training can not guarantee acceptance by your school, organization, or state Department of Human Services. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.