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ChildLaw Services has partnered with Child Protect of Mercer County and Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia to present Body Safety training to local children. Our speakers follow the WV SHIELD Task Force curriculum, as well as other online safety and body safety outlines. 
1 in 10 Children are Sexually Abused by the Age of 18
90% of Their Abusers are Someone They Know

One of the most important things you can do to protect children is to report suspected abuse and neglect to DHHR by calling the centralized intake hotline:


According to WV SHIELD Task Force, under WV Code §49-2-803, most people who work with children are mandatory reporters and must report all reasonable suspicions of child abuse or neglect to DHHR within 24 hours. This includes:

  • Medical, dental, and mental health professionals.

  • Christian Science practitioners.

  • Religious healers.

  • School teachers and other school personnel.

  • Social service workers.

  • Child care workers.

  • Foster care workers.

  • Emergency medical services personnel.

  • Peace officers and law-enforcement officials.

  • Humane officers.

  • Members of the clergy.

  • Circuit court and family court judges.

  • Employees of the Division of Juvenile Services.

  • Magistrates.

  • Youth camp administrators and counselors.

  • Employees, coaches, and volunteers of an entity that provides organized activities for children.

  • Commercial film or photographic print processors.