Reporting does NOT require PROOF that child abuse or neglect has occurred.
Please note that effective October 1, 2016, if a local department has reason to believe that a mandated reporter knowingly failed to make a report of suspected abuse or neglect of a child, the local department must file a complaint with the appropriate licensing board or employer of the mandated reporter. Anyone making a “good faith” report is immune from civil liability and criminal penalty.
If you know a child who is being hurt physically or sexually, call the hotlines below. Both hotlines are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and a counselor can tell you what to do.
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
Deaf and hard of hearing use Relay
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