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Reporting child abuse and domestic violence

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

If you are a professional working with families, children or adults, and you suspect child abuse or domestic violence, you must act in accordance with the Model Protocol for Child Abuse and Domestic ViolenceExternal link (in Dutch). The protocol is obligatory in the following sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Childcare
  • Social work
  • Youth care
  • Justice

You must lay down and implement the protocol and inform your employees about it.

About the protocol

This protocol offers a five-step plan detailing the best course of action if you suspect child abuse or domestic violence. Each organisation develops its own protocol, but it must contain the following steps:

The abuse must be assessed using the protocol checklist for child abuse and domestic violenceExternal link. This helps you decide whether or not you need to report it to Veilig ThuisExternal link.

When to report abuse to Veilig Thuis?

If you suspect child abuse or domestic violence, you must report it to Veilig Thuis if:

  • the danger is acute (direct danger)
  • the danger is structural (persistent danger)

Requesting advice or reporting abuse

If you would like advice or want to report child abuse or domestic violence, you can contact your local or regional Safe at Home Centre Veilig ThuisExternal link (in Dutch).

Registering a help plan or reporting abuse

As soon as you discover abuse, you must report it to Veilig ThuisExternal link. If you start a help plan, you must register this plan with Veilig ThuisExternal link in your province.

Confidential grievance inspector for childcare

If you are a childcare centre employer who suspects an employee of (sexual) child abuse, you must contact a confidential grievance inspector with the Dutch Inspectorate of EducationExternal link (Inspectie van het Onderwijs). They will also provide counselling to employees and parents.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO