According to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, Mandated Reporters in Illinois are required to report any suspicions of child abuse and neglect to the state’s 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline. Mandated Reporters should note that all calls to the Child Abuse Hotline are confidential and an important step in ensuring that all children are safe.

Who is a Mandated Reporter?

“A mandated reporter is a person who, because of his or her profession, is legally required to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the relevant authorities. These laws are in place to prevent children from being abused and to end any possible abuse or neglect at the earliest possible stage”.

Mandated Reporters List

  • physicians
  • physician assistants
  • psychiatrists
  • surgeons
  • residents
  • interns
  • dentists
  • dental hygienists
  • medical examiners
  • pathologists
  • osteopaths
  • coroners
  • Christian Science practitioners
  • chiropractors
  • podiatrists
  • registered and licensed practical nurses
  • emergency medical technicians
  • hospital administrators and other personnel involved in the examination care or treatment of patients
  • teachers
  • school personnel
  • educational advocates assigned to a child pursuant to the School Code
  • directors and staff assistants of day care centers and nursery schools
  • child care workers
  • truant officers
  • probation officers
  • law enforcement officers
  • animal control officers
  • field personnel of the Departments of Children and Family Services, Public Health, Public Aid, Human Services (acting as successor to the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Rehabilitation Services, or Public Aid), Corrections and Human Rights

The Child Abuse Hotline

Reports to the Child Abuse Hotline can be made in two way.

Over the phone by calling: (800)-252-2873


Online by Report Child Abuse Online