The Arkansas Department of Human Services defines “child maltreatment” as abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation or abandonment by a child’s caretaker, which includes a parent, guardian, custodian or foster parent. A caretaker may be anyone 10 years old or older and entrusted with the child’s care. Child maltreatment occurs when the caretaker harms the child or lets harm come to the child, or fails to meet the child’s basic needs.
The DHS website states that anyone can report child maltreatment.
Doctors, teachers and school counselors are required by law to report suspected child maltreatment.
Anyone who witnesses child maltreatment or is aware of such abuse is asked to call the Crimes Against Children Hotline at 1-800-482-5964 or visit the following website from the Administrative Office of the Courts: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect in Arkansas