For any child who is currently in danger of serious injury, or is suspected to be currently in danger of serious injury, please call law enforcement. For all other reporting, please use our online form or call our hotline at 1-855-323-3237.
Utah law requires any person who has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse, neglect, or dependency to immediately notify the nearest office of Child and Family Services, a peace officer, or a law enforcement agency. Abuse, neglect, or dependency of a child can be physical, emotional, or sexual.
DCFS Protective Role Regarding Child Abuse & Neglect
At Child and Family Services (DCFS) our focus is child safety, and working to strengthen parents and caregivers who are otherwise unable to meet their own child’s needs. Our work is focused on effective interventions regarding safety issues related to child abuse and neglect.
After a report of child abuse or neglect is accepted for DCFS assessment, an assigned caseworker will first determine whether a community referral could address concerns in the home, or if ongoing in-home services are needed to support the family and allow the child to remain safely in the home. If it is recommended that a child be brought temporarily into state care due to safety concerns in the home, DCFS will work with the parents toward reunification when appropriate, and connect them to services to assist them in building their capacity to safely care for their child.