Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention

The goal of this program is to provide a public health approach to identify, treat and educate families and the community about child maltreatment.

Specific issues addressed include causes, signs, treatment and prevention of child maltreatment. The Department of Health also provides training and consultation services to local physicians regarding child abuse recognition, diagnosis and treatment. The program also employs a pediatric physician, who is able to provide training and consultation.

Reporting Law
It is mandated by law that all professionals who work with children must report suspected child abuse. However, anyone who has reason to believe that a child has been abused is also required to report the suspicion to the Department of Social Services (DSS) or law enforcement.

DSS – (301) 392-6400
Law Enforcement – (301) 932-2222

For more information from the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect click here.

Information regarding Child Protective Services in Maryland.