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Compliance - Mandatory Reporting - How to Report Child Abuse & Neglect
Executive Order 54 requires all Extension employees and volunteers working with Extension programs to immediately report any incident or threat of child abuse or neglect with reasonable cause to believe the abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur.
"If you suspect something, say something."
Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Child Abuse and Neglect
- observes an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect;
- learns of an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect;
- has reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur.
Definitions and Signs
- Child abuse and neglect;
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Abuse by manufacturing of methamphetamine
- Emotional abuse
- Child neglect
How to Report
- If there is an emergency or a child is in urgent danger, call 911.
- The county social/human services department, sheriff, or local police department where the child resides by phone or in person. Reports may not be made by email.
Explain as well as you can what happened or is happening to the child. Describe the nature of the abuse or neglect. Include information that has been disclosed by the child and/or observed by you. Be as specific as possible. Be prepared to give the name, address and phone number of the child and the name of the parent(s) or caregiver. Even if you do not know all of this information, report what you do know.
- UW-Madison Police Department (available 24 hours), (608) 264-COPS or (608) 264-2677;