Prevent Child Abuse in Utah
What is child abuse and neglect in Utah?
Under Utah law, child abuse is defined as non-accidental harm or threatened harm of a child or sexual exploitation or sexual abuse. Child neglect is defined as an action or inaction that causes abandonment of a child; lack of proper parental care by reason of the fault or habits of the parent, guardian, or custodian; failure or refusal of a parent, guardian, or custodian to provide proper or necessary subsistence, education, or medical care, or any other care necessary for the child’s health, safety, morals, or well-being; a child at risk of being neglected or abused because another child in the same home is neglected or abused.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 9,947 victims of abuse or neglect in Utah, a rate of 10.7 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 29.4% were neglected, 45% were physically abused, and 17.2% were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to UT state requirements?
Utah law requires any person who has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse, neglect, or dependency to immediately notify the nearest office of Child and Family Services, a peace officer, or a law enforcement agency.
How do I report child abuse in Utah?
If you suspect child abuse or neglect is occurring, please call the Utah 24/7 hotline at 1-855-323-3237 or contact your local law enforcement agency.
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 Utah.
How do I get online child abuse training for myself?
How do I contact the UT Department of Human Services?
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of 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 Division of Child and Family Services. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.