Any person over the age of 18.
If you are under 18 and suspect abuse/neglect, please tell a trusted adult who can make a report.
School Faculty & Staff
What is the law?
Reports to DSS
§ 7B-301. Duty to report abuse, neglect, dependency, or death due to maltreatment.
(a) Any person or institution who has cause to suspect that any juvenile is abused, neglected, or dependent, as defined by G.S. 7B-101, or has died as the result of maltreatment, shall report the case of that juvenile to the director of the department of social services in the county where the juvenile resides or is found.
Reports to LE
§ 14-318.6. Failure to report crimes against juveniles; penalty.
(b) Requirement. – Any person 18 years of age or older who knows or should have reasonably known that a juvenile has been or is the victim of a violent offense, sexual offense, or misdemeanor child abuse under G.S. 14-318.2 shall immediately report the case of that juvenile to the appropriate local law enforcement agency in the county where the juvenile resides or is found.