Required Reporting

Anyone may report suspected child abuse and neglect; however, pursuant to the Code of Virginia, certain professionals are required to report. These professionals include:
  • Accredited Christian Science practitioners
  • Child care providers
  • Court certified mediators
  • Hospital residents or interns
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Probation officers
  • Professional staff employed by a hospital, institution, or facility in which children are placed
  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Volunteer, court appointed special advocates
  • Persons licensed to practice medicine or any of the healing arts
  • Persons associated with or employed by any private organization responsible for the care, custody, and control of children