Prevent Child Abuse in Arkansas
What is child abuse and neglect in Arkansas?
Under Arkansas law, child abuse and neglect can be several things, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation or abandonment by the caretaker of the child (a parent, guardian, custodian, or foster parent).
Child maltreatment occurs when the caretaker harms the child or lets harm come to the child, or when the caretaker fails to meet the child’s basic needs.
Note: Sexual abuse and exploitation are child maltreatment under Arkansas law whether by a caretaker or by someone else.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 9,334 victims of abuse or neglect in Arkansas in 2017, a rate of 13.2 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 1,461 were medically neglected, 5,043 were neglected, 2,051 were physically abused, and 1,783 were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to AR state requirements?
According to the Arkansas “Child Maltreatment Reporting Act,” mandatory reporters include:
- AR State Police Crimes Against Children Division (CACD)
- Employee Attorney ad litem in the course of his or her duties as Attorney ad litem
- Child abuse advocate or volunteer
- Child advocacy center employee Division of Children and Family Services FSPP 429
- Child Care center worker Child Care worker
- Child safety center employee
- Child welfare ombudsman Clergyman
- Coroner Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program staff or volunteer
- Dental hygienist
- Dentist Department of Human Services employee
- DHS contractor when acting within the scope of his or her employment
- Domestic abuse advocate
- Domestic violence shelter employee
- Domestic violence volunteer
- Employee of a reproductive health care facility
- Employee working under contract for the Division of Juvenile Services
- Foster care worker
- Foster parent
- Juvenile intake or probation officer
- Law enforcement official
- Licensed nurse
- Medical personnel who may be engaged in admission, examination, care, or treatment of persons Mental health paraprofessional
- Mental health professional
- Peace officer
- Physician Prosecuting attorney
- Rape crisis advocate or volunteer
- Resident intern
- School counselor
- School official (any employee or volunteer authorized by a school to exercise administrative or supervisory authority over employees, students, or agents of the school.
- Sexual abuse advocate or volunteer
- Social worker
- Victim assistance professional or volunteer
- Victim/witness coordinator Division of Children and Family Services FSPP 430
- Volunteer at a reproductive healthcare facility
Anyone who suspects child maltreatment may report their concerns, even if they are not a mandated reporter in AR.
How do I report child abuse in Arkansas?
You can report child maltreatment by calling the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-482-5964.
How do I get free online child abuse training for my organization?
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 in Arkansas.
How do I get online child abuse training for myself?
How do I contact the AR Department of Human Services?
Contact the Arkansas Department of Human Services
Division of Children and Family Services
Central Registry Unit
P.O. Box 1437, (Slot S566)
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-1437
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.