Prevent Child Abuse in Delaware


How do I get online child abuse prevention training and background checks?

Compass Abuse Prevention Services offers online child abuse prevention training and background checks.

What is child abuse and child neglect in Delaware?

Delaware state law defines a child abuser as someone who:

  1. Causes or inflicts sexual abuse on a child; or
  2. Has care, custody or control of a child, and causes or inflicts:
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  • Physical injury through unjustified force as defined in §468 of Title 11;
  • Emotional abuse;
  • Torture;
  • Exploitation; or
  • Maltreatment or mistreatment.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 1,200 victims of abuse or neglect in Delaware In 2020, a rate of 5.9 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 29% were neglected, 15% were physically abused, and 12% were sexually abused.

Who is a mandated reporter according to DE state requirements?

Delaware law mandates any person, agency, organization or entity to make an immediate oral report to the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, Division of Family Services, when they know of, or suspect, child abuse or neglect under Chapter 9 of Title 16 of the Delaware Code and to follow up with any requested written reports (16 Del. C. §903).

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The persons and entities required to file these mandatory reports include, but are not be limited to:

  • Physicians
  • Persons in the healing arts (such as dentists, interns or residents, nurses, social workers, and psychologists)
  • School employees
  • Medical examiners
  • Hospitals or other health care institutions
  • Medical Society of Delaware
  • Law enforcement agencies

Here are signs of child abuse and mandatory reporter trainings for mandated reporters in Delaware. 

How do I report child abuse and neglect in Delaware?

To report child abuse or neglect in DE, call the 24-hour hotline at (800) 292-9582.

Mandated reporters can also use the online reporting portal.

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How do I contact the DE Department of Children, Youth and their Families?

Contact the Delaware DCYF
1825 Faulkland Rd

Wilmington, DE 19805-1195

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Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state DCYF requires. The state requirements and child abuse and human trafficking statistics listed on this page are current as of  February 20th, 2023 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 Abuse Prevention Services can not guarantee acceptance by your school, organization, or state Department of Children, Youth, and their Families.  If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.

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