Child abuse can be prevented and it starts with you. It exists in every community, regardless of education, financial situation, or culture. In New York State, Mandated Reporters are required by law to report suspected cases. Mandated Reporters are social workers, teachers, coaches, nurses, daycare workers, doctors, troop leaders, and others. They receive special training and a special hotline for their use is listed above. But all adults share the responsibility to report suspected child abuse.
Children’s lives depend on your courage. If you suspect a child is being abused make the call to either the Onondaga County or New York State Child Abuse Hotline numbers listed below. Someone will answer your call 24 hours a day. All information is confidential, and you can remain anonymous. Tell the counselor what you know or what you suspect. They will take it from there. And, if a child is in immediate danger, call 911 and ask for the police. That’s considered an emergency and officers will be dispatched immediately.
If a child is in immediate danger, CALL 911!
- Safe Harbour Hotline 315-218-1966.
- New York State Child Abuse Hotline (Estado de Nueva York): (800) 342-3720
- New York State Mandated Reporter Hotline (Estado de Nueva York Linea Directa para Denunciantes Obligados): (800) 635-1522
What to expect when making a report
When you call the Child Abuse Hotline to report suspected abuse, you will speak with a child abuse expert who will walk you through the reporting process. You will be encouraged to leave your name and telephone number; all sources of a child abuse report remain confidential.
The child abuse expert will ask you a series of questions about your suspicions of child abuse. It is helpful (but not completely necessary) to have some information about the name, date of birth, address and phone number of the child you are concerned about.
If you suspect child abuse, please make a report to the Child Abuse Hotline.