Prevent Child Abuse in New Jersey
What is child abuse and neglect in New Jersey?
Under New Jersey law, child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional harm or risk of harm to a child under the age of 18 caused by a parent or other person who acts as a caregiver for the child. Child neglect occurs when a parent or caregiver fails to provide proper supervision for a child or adequate food, clothing, shelter, education or medical care although financially able or assisted to do so. More information can be found here.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 6,698 victims of abuse or neglect in New Jersey in 2017, a rate of 3.4 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 79.9% were neglected, 13.7% were physically abused, and 10.7% were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to NJ state requirements?
In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information
How do I report child abuse in New Jersey?
Child abuse and neglect should be reported to the 24/7 Child Abuse Hotline State Central Registry (SCR) at 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873).
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 New Jersey.
How do I get online child abuse training for myself?
How do I contact the NJ Department of Children and Families?
Contact the New Jersey Department of Children and Families
P.O. Box 729
Trenton, NJ 08625-0729
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Children and Families 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 and Families. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.