Child Welfare is asking for help amid a drop in suspected child abuse and neglect reports due to the COVID-19 pandemic .
About 75% of suspected child abuse and neglect reports in Nevada are made by mandated reporters.
In March 2020, Nevada saw a 14% decrease in suspected child abuse and neglect reports which includes a 46% decrease in reports made by educational personnel.
In the week prior to school closures, Child Welfare Services received 256 reports from educational personnel. In the week following school closures, Child Welfare Services received 12 reports.
Other first responders are receiving fewer calls as well, however, the calls they are receiving are more severe in nature.
As children are not in school or childcare, many of the mandated reporters who are likely to spot signs of abuse and neglect are not having contact with these children due to social distancing.
During this time, children may be at greater risk of abuse and neglect as many families face additional stress over things such as work, health issues, and educating children at home.
To report suspected child abuse or neglect please contact Clark County Department of Family Services at (702) 399-0081 or Washoe County Human Services Agency at (775) 785-8600.