DCP&P is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect and, if necessary, arranging for the child's protection and the family's treatment.
The Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Registry) receives all reports of child abuse and neglect 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Reports requiring a field response are forwarded to the DCP&P Local Office who investigates. Find contact information for DCP&P Local Offices HERE.
After normal business hours, the hotline is linked with a statewide network of Special Response Units charged with the responsibility of responding to reports. For more information about reporting child abuse click HERE.
Each year, DCP&P contracts with many community-based agencies throughout the state to provide services to children and families. Such services include counseling, parenting skills classes, substance abuse treatment, in-home services, foster care and residential placement.