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Mandated Reporters - Training & Resources

Mandated reporters are certain persons who are identified in the Code of Virginia as having a legal responsibility to report suspected abuse and neglect. The purpose of mandated reporting is to identify suspected abused and neglected children or adults as soon as possible so that they can be protected from further harm. Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) cannot act until a report is made. Mandated reporters play a critical role in preventing any future harm to children and adults. The resources and training provided on this page will help mandated reports identify and recognize abuse and neglect and know when to make a report. Whether required by law or not, If you suspect that a child or an adult (who is over age 60 or is incapacitated) is being abused or neglected, you should immediately report your concerns to the local department of social services in your community. A list of local departments of social services, addresses and phone numbers is available on our Find Your Local Department page. After normal business hours, weekends and holidays, reports can be made to the state hotlines: APS - 888-832-3858 or CPS - 800-552-7096.

Mandated Reporter Portal (VaCPS)

A call to a hotline is not an accusation, it is a request for the helping process to begin.

Adult Protective Services

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Child Protective Services

Required Training/Courses

Additional Training Opportunities

Please note: The following resources are external to the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). You will be sent to a website that is not maintained by VDSS.

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