Prevent Child Abuse in Wyoming
What is child abuse and neglect in Wyoming?
Under Wyoming law, child neglect means a failure or refusal by those responsible for the child’s welfare to provide adequate care, maintenance, supervision, education or medical, surgical or any other care necessary for the child’s well being.
Child abuse means inflicting or causing physical or mental injury, harm or imminent danger to the physical or mental health or welfare of a child other than by accidental means, including abandonment, excessive or unreasonable corporal punishment, malnutrition or substantial risk thereof by reason of intentional or unintentional neglect, and the commission or allowing the commission of a sexual offense against a child as defined by law.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were e 950 victims of abuse or neglect in Wyoming in 2017, a rate of 7.0 per 1,000 children, an increase 31.9% from 2013. Of these children, 74.8% were neglected, 1.5% were
physically abused, and 6.6% were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to WY state requirements?
Any person who suspects child abuse or neglect is a mandated reporter in Wyoming.
How do I report child abuse in Wyoming?
To make a report concerning abuse or neglect in WY, contact your local DFS office.
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 Wyoming.
How do I get online child abuse training for myself?
How do I contact the WY Department of Family Services?
Contact the Wyoming Department of Family Services
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Family 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 Department of Family Services. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.