Prevent Child Abuse in Ohio


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 Ohio?

Under Ohio law, an abused child includes any child who:

  • Is the victim of “sexual activity” as defined under Chapter 2907
  • Is endangered as defined in section 2919.22 of the Revised Code
  • Is subjected to out-of-home care child abuse.
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  • Exhibits evidence of any physical or mental injury or death, inflicted other than by accidental means, or an injury or death which is at variance with the history given of it.
  • Because of the acts of his parents, guardian, or custodian, suffers physical or mental injury that harms or threatens to harm the child’s health or welfare.

According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 23,691 victims of abuse or neglect in Ohio in 2020, a rate of 9.2 per 1,000 children. This is a 0.2% increase since 2016.

Who is a mandated reporter according to OH state requirements?

A mandated reporter is someone required by Ohio law to report if they suspect or know that child abuse is occurring:

  • Attorneys
  • Audiologists
  • Child care workers
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  • Children Services personnel
  • Clergy
  • Coroners
  • Day care personnel
  • Dentists
  • Foster Parents
  • Nurses
  • Physicians including hospital interns and residents
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychiatrists
  • School authorities, employees and teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Animal Control Officers/Agents

How do I report child abuse in Ohio?

Suspicions of child abuse and neglect can be reported to 855-O-H-CHILD (855-642-4453), an automated telephone directory that will link callers directly to a child welfare or law enforcement office in their county.

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How do I contact the OH Department of Job and Families?

Contact the Ohio Department of Job and Families

Office of Families and Children

(614) 466-1213

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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 Job and Family Services 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 Office of Families and Children. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.

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