Child Abuse Prevention Platform

Prevent Child Abuse in Rhode Island


What is child abuse and neglect in Rhode Island?stop child abuse

An abused or neglected child is defined by Rhode Island law as a child whose physical or mental health or well-being is harmed when their parent or another person responsible for them:

  • Inflicts physical or mental injury. Or creates a substantial risk to be created for the result of a physical and/or mental injury.
  • Commits, or allows to be committed, an act of sexual abuse.
  • Fails to supply adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medical care even when financially able to or has access to other reasonable means.
  • Fails to provide a minimum degree of care, supervision, or guardianship.
  • Abandons or deserts the child.
  • Sexually exploits the child; commits or allows to be committed any sexual offense against the child.

According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 3,095 victims of abuse or neglect in Rhode Island in 2017, a rate of 14.9 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 57.7% were neglected, 14.7% were physically abused, and 3.3% were sexually abused.

Who is a mandated reporter according to RI state requirements?

All persons in Rhode Island are required by law (RIGL 40-11-3) to report known or suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect to the Department within 24 hours of becoming aware of such abuse/neglect. 

How do I report child abuse in Rhode Island?report child abuse

DCYF has a 24/7 child abuse and neglect reporting hotline:1-800-RI-CHILD (1-800-742-4453). 

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 Rhode Island.

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contact informationHow do I contact the RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families?

Contact the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families
101 Friendship St.
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 528-3500


Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Children, Youth, and Families 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 Children, Youth, and Families. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.

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