Prevent Child Abuse in New Hampshire
What is child abuse and neglect in New Hampshire?
Under New Hampshire law, an a abused child means any child who has been:
- Sexually abused; or
- Intentionally physically injured; or
- Psychologically injured so that said child exhibits symptoms of emotional problems generally recognized to result from consistent mistreatment or neglect; or
- Physically injured by other than accidental means; or
- Subjected, by any person, to human trafficking as defined in RSA 633:7; or
- Subjected to an act prohibited by RSA 632-A:10-d.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 1,148 victims of abuse or neglect in New Hampshire in 2017, a rate of 4.4 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 88.6% were neglected, 8.4% were physically abused, and 6.8% were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to NH state requirements?
NH Law requires any person who suspects that a child under age 18 has been abused or neglected must report that suspicion immediately to DCYF. (New Hampshire RSA 169-C:29-31)
How do I report child abuse in New Hampshire?
Anyone who suspects that a child is being abused or neglected is required by NH law to call the 24/7 DCYF Central Intake Unit Hotline:
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 New Hampshire.
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How do I contact the NH Department of Health and Human Services?
Contact the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Division for Children, Youth, and Families
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3852
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Health and 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 for Children, Youth, and Families. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.