If you suspect that a child is being abused, sexually or physically, you should call the police.

Missouri Child Abuse Hotline
You can also call the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline at 800-392-3738. The Children’s Division staff this hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They will take information from you and respond to child abuse and neglect. If you live outside Missouri and want to report abuse or neglect of a Missouri child, call 573-751-3448.

Required Reporting
Under Missouri law, certain professionals are required to report child abuse, including:
  • Childcare and education providers
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Ministers
  • Persons working in health care
If a mandated reporter has reasonable cause to suspect abuses, they are required to report it immediately.