If you believe that a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department.
Mandated reporters are legally and morally bound to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment when, in their professional capacity, they are presented with a reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or maltreatment. It is not their responsibility to determine if abuse or neglect has occurred; that duty belongs to the police and social service departments.
Some examples of mandated reporters are school teachers, administrators, and nurses; mental health professionals and health care providers.
Mandated reporters should call (800) 635-1522.
A complete list of mandated reporters in New York State is available at