Prevent Child Abuse in Wisconsin


How do I get online child abuse prevention training and background checks?

Compass Abuse Prevention Services offers online child abuse prevention training and background checks.

What is child abuse and neglect in Wisconsin?

Under Wisconsin law, child neglect means failure, refusal or inability on the part of a caregiver, for reasons other than poverty, to provide necessary care, food, clothing, medical or dental care or shelter so as to seriously endanger the physical health of the child.

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Child abuse includes:
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse

According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 4,177 victims of abuse or neglect in Wisconsin in 2020, a rate of 3.3 per 1,000 children. This is a 13.4% decrease since 2016.

Who is a mandated reporter according to WI state requirements?

Mandated reporters can access state sponsored online training.

Wisconsin law (48.981(2)) requires mandated reporters to make a report to county CPS or law enforcement:

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  • Physicians
  • Coroners
  • Medical examiners
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Chiropractors
  • Optometrists
  • Acupuncturists
  • A medical or mental health professional not otherwise specified in this list
  • Social workers
  • Marriage & family therapists
  • Professional counselors
  • Public assistance workers, including a financial and employment planner
  • School teachers
  • School administrators
  • School counselors
  • School employees not otherwise specified in this list
  • Mediators
  • Child-care workers in a child care center, group home, or residential care center for children and youth
  • Child care providers
  • Alcohol or other drug abuse counselors
  • Members of the treatment staff employed by or working under contract with a county department under or a residential care center for children and youth
  • Physical therapists
  • Physical therapist assistants
  • Occupational therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Audiologists
  • Emergency medical technicians
  • First responders
  • Police or law enforcement officers
  • Court-appointed special advocates (CASA
  • Clergy 
  • Juvenile correctional officers
  • University of Wisconsin System (UWS) Professors
  • UWS Administrators
  • UWS Coaches
  • All other UWS Employees

Mandated reporters who intentionally fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than 6 months or both.

How do I report child abuse in Wisconsin?

To report a case of child abuse or neglect, contact the county or tribe where the child or child’s family lives. 

If the agency is not known, contact the closest county.

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How do I contact the WI Department of Children and Families?

Contact the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
201 West Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53703-8916

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Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Children and Families requires. The state requirements and child abuse and human trafficking statistics listed on this page are current as of February 22nd 2023 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 Abuse Prevention Services can not guarantee acceptance by your school, organization, or state Department of Children and Families. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.

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