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Prevent Child Abuse in Washington DC



How do I get free online child abuse training?

DC mandated reporters can take free training on line at You can also 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 Alabama. You can also explore online child abuse prevention courses in English and Spanish:

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What is child abuse and neglect in Washington DC?stop child abuse

Under Washington DC law, child abuse means:

  • infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child;
  • sexual abuse or exploitation of a child; or
  • negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child.

Child neglect includes children who have been abandoned or abused by his or her parent, guardian, or custodian, or whose parent; who is without proper parental care or control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care or control necessary for his or her physical, mental, or emotional health.

Who is a mandated reporter according to DC requirements?

In DC, people in the following professions are mandated reporters:

  • Athletic coaches
  • CFSA employees and contractors
  • Child care workers
  • Chiropractors
  • DC Parks and Recreation employees
  • Dentists
  • Domestic violence counselors
  • Human trafficking counselors
  • Humane officers (animal cruelty)
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Medical examiners
  • Mental health professionals
  • Nurses (LPNs and RNs)
  • People caring for or treating patients
  • Physicians
  • Psychologistsreport child abuse
  • Public housing resident managers
  • School officials
  • Social service workers
  • Teachers

How do I report child abuse in the District of Columbia?

You can report child abuse and neglect in Washington DC by calling the 24/7 hotline at: (202) 671-SAFE or (202) 671-7233.



contact informationHow do I contact the DC Child and Family Services Agency?

Contact the Washington DC Child and Family Services Agency
200 I Street
SE, Washington, DC 20003
(202) 442-6100


Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your Child and Family Services Agency requires. The state requirements and child abuse and human trafficking statistics listed on this page are current as of December 9th, 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 Child and Family Services Agency. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.

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