Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect in Delaware
Identifying Signs of Abuse – The signs of child abuse and neglect are not always as obvious as a broken bone or bruise. Click here to learn more about some of the signs of abuse/neglect. You can also learn more about the signs of child sexual abuse here and the myths surrounding the issue.
Reporting Abuse and the Investigation Process - It’s important for citizens and professionals to know what to expect when they call to report a case of suspected abuse/neglect. For instance, because of historic call volume, callers may be on hold for a short period of time. Click here to learn what you should be prepared to share with our Report Line staff. Also, have you ever wondered what happens after you hang up? Click here for information on the Investigative Process.
Information for Professionals
For professionals required by law to report child abuse or neglect. * Please note, a call to the Report Line must be accomplished when using this form.
Resources for Parents Who Need a Hand - In Delaware there’s a new resource that expectant parents as well as parents of young children can take advantage of. It’s called Help Me Grow. Call 2-1-1 if you need to be connected to resources within the community to help you manage issues whether you are facing multiple challenges such as single parenthood, or need access to low income services and support (i.e. POC, Medicaid, TANF). 211 is a centralized telephone access point to connect families to appropriate community resources in a timely manner. HMG also serves as a resource to parents with general issues and concerns related to their child’s development. The 211 hotline also has specialized call specialists so when you call, either enter the prompt for Help Me Grow or ask the call specialist to connect you with this unit.
Struggling? At the end of your Rope? Prevention Starts at Home - By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:
- Nurturing and attachment
- Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
- Parental resilience
- Social connections
- Concrete supports for parents
- Social and emotional developmental well-being
Here are some tips to help you cope, whether it’s ‘in the moment’ or your child just won’t stop crying.