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Reporting

What information will I need?

When you call to report a suspected case of child abuse or neglect, the OCS worker will want to know all of the information listed below. Please be prepared to give as much information as possible to OCS.

  • Name, age, date of birth, gender, ethnic heritage/race and current address of the child
  • Where the child is at the time of report
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of parents and siblings (if the street address is not known or there is no house number, provide a description of the house and where it is located)
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of other significant relatives (if the street address is not known or there is no house number, provide a description of the house and where it is located)
  • If the child has Alaska Native or American Indian heritage, their Tribal affiliation
  • What type of abuse has happened, how often it is happening and how serious it is
  • What happened that made you decide to report now? Was there an incident or situation that led to the report?
  • Current condition of the child
  • Names, addresses and phone number of person(s) suspected of abuse or neglect of a child.
  • Any action taken by reporter (or others)
  • The name, address and phone number of the person making this report.
  • Names of individuals who might have more information
  • Anonymous reports are also acceptable (mandatory reporters must provide their name and contact information so it can be verified that they reported)
  • Whether the reporter witnessed the abuse or neglect, the dates of occurrence
  • The names, addresses and phone numbers of others who have knowledge of the incident or situation (if the street address is not known or there is no house number, provide a description of the house and where it is located)
  • Whether you have a concern for the immediate safety of this child or other children in the home
  • Whether the reporter told the family of plans to file this report
  • Whether you want the family and others to be given your name.

Please also provide to OCS any documents that support the facts of the report.

In this video an OCS Intake Supervisor describes the information that is helpful to OCS when a report is made and the advice he often gives to reporters regarding what to remember to report and what to look for when they think a child may have been abused.


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