Prevent Child Abuse in New Jersey


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 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.

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According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 3,665 victims of abuse or neglect in New Jersey in 2020, a rate of 1.9 per 1,000 children. This is a 55.8% decrease since 2016.

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.

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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)

All reports can remain anonymous.

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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
1-855-INFO-DCF (1-855-463-6323)

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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 February 21st, 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 and Families. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.

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