Always Report Suspicions of Child Abuse!
Reporting of child physical or sexual abuse is legally mandated for the following: healthcare workers, human service workers, law enforcement, and educators.
All community members are encouraged to report suspected abuse or neglect. It is preferred that the reporter provide the name of the child and an address; however, reports are accepted regardless of the amount of information the reporter has. The reporter may request to remain anonymous.
If you suspect a child is a victim, or if a child has made an outcry of abuse to you, your next steps are critical to that child's safety. By believing the child and reporting the abuse, you affirm the trust this child has in you to protect him/her.
Reporting suspected abuse is the most important step you can take to protect your children. If you suspect abuse, call your local Department of Social Services or Law Enforcement officer - you may remain anonymous.
When Making a Report of Suspected Abuse, Please Provide the Following Information When Possible
Child's name, age, and address
Brief description of the child
Current injuries, medical problems, or behavioral problems
Please keep in mind that the law is specific about reporting child abuse.
If You Have a Suspicion, Be Sure to
Make the report yourself. Don't count on anyone to do this for you.
Be Patient! You may have to wait to talk with an operator. Don't let this discourage you from making a report - you could be saving the life of a child.
If the child is in immediate danger, please contact your local law enforcement agency or dial 911.
To report abuse in Talbot County, please call (410) 770-4848. For abuse occurring in other counties, please refer to the Department of Human Resources web page of local offices.