Child abuse consists of any act, or failure to act, that endangers a child's physical or emotional health and development. Someone is abusive if he or she fails to nurture the child, physically injures the child, or relates sexually to the child. Child abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect or abandonment.
The Bureau of Child Protection works to protect children from abuse and neglect while attempting to preserve the family unit. Child Protective Services help prevent further harm to children from intentional physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, exploitation or neglect by a person responsible for a child's health or welfare.
- If you have reason to suspect a child has been abused or neglected, contact DCYF at 1-800-894-5533.
- Proof of abuse and neglect is not required to make a report.
- Reports of abuse and neglect concerns are confidential and can be anonymous. If you give your name, please know NH Statutes do not allow DCYF to release it to anyone. DCYF will not reveal your name unless you agree or a court orders DCYF to do so. If the family being investigated asks for DCYF records, staff must remove the name of the person who made the report. However, if the case ever goes to court, a judge may request identifying information.
Call the New Castle Police Department with urgent child abuse or neglect reports during DCYF non-work hours (between 4:30 PM and 8:00 AM or on weekends and holidays)