Anyone who has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect can, in good faith, report. If you are identified as a mandated reporter, you are required by law to report your concerns to the Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), Child Abuse Hotline or law enforcement (RCW 26.44.030).
How do I report suspected child abuse and neglect?
• Local Intake numbers and information about reporting abuse and neglect can be located at www.dcyf.wa.gov/safety/report-abuse .
• Law Enforcement.
What information will I be asked to provide?
• The name, address and age of the child and parents, stepparents, guardians or other persons caring for the child.
• Whether the mother or father is of American Indian/ Alaska Native ancestry.
• The nature and extent of the alleged child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse, including the nature and extent of any alleged injury or injuries and previous injuries.
• Any other information that may be helpful in establishing the cause of the child’s death, injury or injuries and the identity of the alleged perpetrator or perpetrators.
If a crime has been committed, law enforcement must be notified. Mandated reporters who knowingly fail to make a report or cause a report to be made shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor (RCW 26.44.080).