Prevent Child Abuse in Ohio
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
- 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.
- Is subjected to out-of-home care child abuse.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 24,987 victims of abuse or neglect in Ohio, a rate of 9.6 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 38.9% were neglected, 41.2% were physically abused, and 15% were sexually abused.
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:
- Child care workers
- Children Services personnel
- Day care personnel
- Foster Parents
- Physicians including hospital interns and residents
- 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.
How do I get free online child abuse training?
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 Ohio.
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How do I contact the OH Department of Job and Families?
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 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 Office of Families and Children. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.