Prevent Child Abuse in Delaware
What is child abuse and child neglect in Delaware?
Delaware state law defines a child abuser as someone who:
- Causes or inflicts sexual abuse on a child; or
- Has care, custody or control of a child, and causes or inflicts:
- Physical injury through unjustified force as defined in §468 of Title 11;
- Emotional abuse;
- Exploitation; or
- Maltreatment or mistreatment.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 1,542 victims of abuse or neglect in Delaware In 2017, a rate of 7.5 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 447 were neglected, 294 were physically abused, and 109 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).
The persons and entities required to file these mandatory reports include, but are not be limited to:
- 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
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.
How do I get free online child abuse training?
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 Delaware.
Looking for online child abuse training for individuals?
How do I contact the DE Department of Children, Youth and their Families?
Contact the Delaware DCYF
1825 Faulkland Rd
Wilmington, DE 19805-1195
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 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 Children, Youth, and their Families. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.