Professionals who come in contact with children as a part of their occupation (e.g., teachers, police officers, doctors, childcare providers) are required by law in most States to notify child protective services agencies of suspected maltreatment. Thus, professionals are the most common source of maltreatment reports (57%). Sources other than professionals (including relatives, neighbors, and anonymous sources) account for the remaining 43% of reports.
From Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report
For more information on child abuse prevention, see the article "Administrator Flores Stresses Preventive Measures at 24th National Symposium on Child Abuse" in this issue, or visit the Web site of the 24th National Symposium on Child Abuse, sponsored by The National Children's Advocacy Center.