FLORIDA ABUSE HOTLINE AND NATIONAL HOTLINE FOR REPORTING CHILD ABUSE
Please Note: This web site may not be used to report abuse. Any reports related to abuse will be deleted. It is your responsibility to report ANY suspected abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities listed below.
IF A CHILD IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, DIAL 911.
IF YOU THINK IT IS ABUSE, REPORT IT USING ONE OF THE ABUSE HOTLINES:
FLORIDA ABUSE HOTLINE: * (800) 962-2873 OR TDD (800) 453-5145
NATIONAL HOTLINE FOR CHILD ABUSE (FOR ALL OTHER STATES): *1-800-799-7233
FLORIDA ABUSE HOTLINE BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Legislation, signed by Gov. Rick Scott, requires any individual in Florida who suspects that a child has been abused by any person to report that to theFlorida Abuse Hotline. Any allegations a child was abused or neglected by a caregiver will be investigated by the Department of Children and Families, while allegations of child abuse by someone other than a caregiver will be accepted at the Hotline and immediately electronically transferred to the appropriate local law enforcement agency where the child lives. Penalties for those who suspect a child is being abused but fail to report it have been increased from a misdemeanor to a felony. Financial penalties also have increased. If you suspect or know of any child who is being harmed, call the Florida Abuse Hotline at (800) 962-2873 or TDD (800) 453-5145. If you see a child in immediate danger, call 911.
WEB BASED TRAINING
The Florida Department of Children and Families has developed a new Web-based course specifically aimed at teachers in grades 1-12. The one hour course is titled “Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” This course satisfies the requirement specified in Florida Statute Section 1012.98(12). To view this training click here.