Prevent Child Abuse in Nevada
What is child abuse and neglect in Nevada?
Under Nevada law, abuse or neglect of a child means physical and mental non-accidental injury; sexual abuse or sexual exploitation; or negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child under age of 18 caused or allowed by a person responsible for his welfare.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 4,859 victims of abuse or neglect in Nevada in 2017, a rate of 7.1 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 82.7% were neglected, 21.9% were physically abused, and 5.2% were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to NV state requirements?
The following people are mandated by Nevada law to report suspected incidents of abuse or neglect. If you are part of the below listed activities or professions, you are required to report as soon as possible, but within the next 24 hours:
- A physician, dentist, dental hygienist, chiropractor, optometrist, podiatric physician, medical examiner, resident, intern, professional or practical nurse, physician assistant licensed pursuant to perfusionist, psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, clinical professional counselor, clinical alcohol and drug abuse counselor, alcohol and drug abuse counselor, clinical social worker, music therapist, athletic trainer, advanced emergency medical technician or other person providing medical services licensed or certified in this State.
- Any personnel of a hospital or similar institution engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of persons or an administrator, manager or other person in charge of a hospital or similar institution upon notification of suspected abuse or neglect of a child by a member of the staff of the hospital.
- A coroner.
- A member of the clergy, practitioner of Christian Science or religious healer, unless the person has acquired the knowledge of the abuse or neglect from the offender during a confession.
- A social worker and an administrator, teacher, librarian or counselor of a school.
- Any person who maintains or is employed by a facility or establishment that provides care for children, children’s camp or other public or private facility, institution or agency furnishing care to a child.
- Any person licensed to conduct a foster home.
- Any officer or employee of a law enforcement agency or an adult or juvenile probation officer.
- An attorney, unless the attorney has acquired the knowledge of the abuse or neglect from a client who is or may be accused of the abuse or neglect.
- Any person who maintains, is employed by or serves as a volunteer for an agency or service which advises persons regarding abuse or neglect of a child and refers them to persons and agencies where their requests and needs can be met.
- Any person who is employed by or serves as a volunteer for a youth shelter.
- Any adult person who is employed by an entity that provides organized activities for children.
Anyone, if they are not a mandated reporter, can and should report incidents of suspected abuse or neglect as soon as possible.
How do I report child abuse in Nevada?
People can report child abuse to the following child abuse reporting hotlines in NV:
Clark County Department of Family Services: (702) 399-0081
Washoe County Human Services Agency: (775) 785-8600
For all other counties in Nevada, call the Division of Child and Family Services: (833) 803-1183
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 Nevada.
How do I get online child abuse training for myself?
How do I contact the NV Department of Health & Human Services?
Contact the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Child & Family Services
4126 Technology Way, 3rd Floor
Carson City, NV 89706
Phone: (775) 684-4400
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Health & 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 Division of Child & Family Services. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.