Child Abuse Prevention Platform

Prevent Child Abuse in North Carolina


What is child abuse and neglect in North Carolina?

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Under North Carolina law, child abuse is the intentional maltreatment of a child and can be physical, sexual or emotional in nature. Child neglect, on the other hand, is the failure to give children the necessary care they need.

According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 7,392 victims of abuse or neglect in North Carolina in 2017, a rate of 3.2 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 52.1% were neglected, 24.5% were physically abused, and 19.5% were sexually abused.

Who is a mandated reporter according to NC state requirements?

Anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect is legally obligated to report it under NC law.

Any person who knowingly or wantonly fails to report child abuse or neglect is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

How do I report child abuse in North Carolina?report child abuse

People who suspect a child is being abused or neglected should contact their local county Department of Social Services.

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 North Carolina.

How do I get online child abuse training for myself?

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contact informationHow do I contact the NC Department of Health and Human Services?

Contact the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
2001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2000


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 Department of Health and Human Services. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.

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