NEW YORK - Child abuse reports have dropped during the pandemic, but the reason why is raising concern at the city's Administration for Children's Services.
The agency says it's seen a 25 percent decrease in cases since the start of March.
Children's Services worries this is the result of kids not being in school, where they're usually able to alert an adult of abuse.
"Most of our cases are mandated reporters from school staff. It is concerning to us because we know that child abuse and neglect is happening, but maybe children are not having contact with mandated reporters," said Bessy Matute, Child Protective Specialist Supervisor at the Administration for Children's Services.
Children's Services is urging the public to call 311 if they have any concerns related to abuse or neglect.
Reports can be made anonymously.