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Under Massachusetts law, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state agency that receives all reports of suspected abuse and/or neglect of children under the age of 18.

State law requires professionals whose work brings them in contact with children to notify DCF if they suspect that a child is being abused and/or neglected. DCF depends on reports from professionals and other concerned individuals to learn about children who may need protection. The Department receives more than 75,000 reports on children each year

link icon  Child abuse Reporting Guidelines

 

Report of Child(ren) Alleged to be Suffering from Serious Physical or Emotional Injury by Abuse or Neglect

Massachusetts law requires an individual who is a mandated reporter to immediately report any allegation of serious physical or emotional injury resulting from abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Services by:

1. Immediately reporting by oral communication; and

2. Completing and sending this written report to the appropriate Department of Social Services’ office within 48 hours of making the oral report.

 link icon  Child abuse Reporting Form