Child abuse exists in every community, regardless of education, financial situation, or culture. Children’s lives depend on your courage.
If you suspect a child is being abused, call the New York State Child Abuse Hotline number listed below. Someone will answer your call 24 hours a day. All information is confidential, and you can remain anonymous. Tell the SCR (State Central Registry) representative what you know or what you suspect. They will take it from there.
New York State Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 342-3720
Mandated Reporters are social workers, teachers, coaches, nurses, daycare workers, doctors, troop leaders, and others. In New York State, Mandated Reporters are required by law to report suspected cases.
New York State Mandated Reporter Hotline: (800) 635-1522
If a child is in immediate danger, call 911 and ask for the police. This is considered an emergency and officers will be dispatched immediately.
What to expect when making a report
When you call the New York State Child Abuse Hotline to report suspected abuse, you will speak with a child abuse expert who will walk you through the reporting process. You will be encouraged to leave your name and telephone number; all sources of a child abuse report remain confidential.
The child abuse expert will ask you a series of questions about your suspicions of child abuse. It is helpful (but not completely necessary) to have some information about the name, date of birth, address and phone number of the child you are concerned about.