<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Utah Alliance for Drug Endangered Children - How to Report


How to Report

Reports can be made to your local law enforcement agency 
and/or Child Protective Services Intake

In 2001 Utah enacted the Child and Elderly Endangerment statute. Utah Code Ann. § 76-5-112.5. This statute provides protection of children and elderly adults who are located in illegal drug environments. If you suspect illegal drug activity in the presence of a child or elderly adult, call your local law enforcement agency to report. Helpful information could include an address, license plate number, name and description of the suspect, name of the child or elderly adult and other identifying information. Additionally, child endangerment is now an allegation of child abuse that is investigated by the Division of Child and Family Services. 

Utah statute for reporting child abuse says that “When any person has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to physical abuse or neglect, or who observes a child being subjected to conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in physical abuse or neglect, they are required to immediately notify the nearest peace officer, law enforcement agency or office of the Division of Child and Family Services.” Utah Code Ann. § 62A-4a-403(1). 

Utah Law provides that the “unreasonable risk of harm through the illegal or non-accidental conduct or negligence of the parent, guardian, caregiver, or other person” constitutes child endangerment. There are many significant risks to the child when drugs are being used, distributed or manufactured in the home. 

If you suspect a child is at risk, call and talk to a professional at Child Protective Services Intake. As part of your report the intake worker will need a method to locate the child. Other information that is helpful could include a name, description of the child, age, date of birth, information about the suspected abuser/abuse, other concerns for the child as well as any known history about the child and family.