Prevent Child Abuse in Washington
What is child abuse and neglect in Washington?
Under Washington law RCW 26-44-020 , child abuse and neglect is defined as injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by any person under circumstances which indicate that the child’s health, welfare, and safety is harmed.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 4,836 victims of abuse or neglect in Washington, a rate of 2.7 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 79% were neglected, 20.8% were physically abused, and 10.6% were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to WA state requirements?
Any person who has cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect should report such incidents.
Mandated reporters are legally required to report child abuse or neglect:
- Medical practitioners
- Social service counselors/therapists
- Medical examiners
- School personnel
- Child care providers
- Law enforcement officers
- Juvenile probation officers
- Corrections employees
- DSHS employees
- DCYF employees
- Placement and liaison specialists
- Responsible living skills program staff
- HOPE center staff
- State family and children’s ombudsman
- Any volunteer in the ombudsman’s office
- Adults residing with child suspected to have been severely abused
Here is an online guide for mandatory reporters in Washington state.
How do I report child abuse in Washington?
Offices within local communities are responsible for receiving and investigating reports of suspected child abuse and neglect.
Find your local intake number to report abuse or neglect.
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 Washington.
Looking for online child abuse training for individuals?
How do I contact the WA State Department of Children, Youth and Families?
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 19th, 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.