All States have enacted laws and policies that define State roles and responsibilities in protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect. Issues addressed in statute include mandatory reporting, screening reports, proper maintenance and disclosure of records, domestic violence, and other issues.
- Reporting and responding to child abuse and neglect
- Maintaining child abuse and neglect records
- Protecting children from domestic violence
- Related issues
Links to State and Tribal Child Welfare Law and Policy
State Child Abuse & Neglect Policies Database
SCAN Policies Database
Compares the definitions of and policies in child maltreatment across States so that users can examine the different policies and evaluate their effectiveness in incidences of child abuse and neglect.