Prevent Child Abuse in North Carolina


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 North Carolina?

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.

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According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 22,399 victims of abuse or neglect in North Carolina in 2020, a rate of 9.7 per 1,000 children. This is a 214% increase since 2016.

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.

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How can schools in North Carolina keep kids safe?

According to NC law, each public school unit (PSU), including traditional PSU schools, charter schools, regional schools, laboratory schools, and high schools under the control of The University of North Carolina, shall provide to students in grades 6 – 12 information on child abuse and neglect, including age-appropriate information on sexual abuse

Schools can access this free child abuse reporting poster for their school. Find your school county’s DHHS’s phone number here.

How do I report child abuse in North Carolina?

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

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How 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

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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 Health and Human Services requires. The state requirements and child abuse and human trafficking statistics listed on this page are current as of August 9th, 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 Health and Human Services. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.

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