Mandatory reporters, those people obligated by law to report suspected cases of child abuse, are often the ones who bring caregivers to the attention of state agencies. The process of reporting suspected child abuse is legislated by the state, and can be dealt with by a social services agency, criminal courts, or family courts, depending on the jurisdiction and the allegations.

The guides and q&as below explore who is required to report suspected abuse cases, what to expect from an abuse investigation, and how the process unfolds from reporting through investigation and prosecution.