Every delay in reporting suspected abuse or neglect increases the likelihood that abuse will become more serious, or even deadly, and that the perpetrator will abuse additional children.By trusting your own senses, common sense and instincts, and calling the hotline whenever you suspect a child has been harmed or is at risk of harm, you can ensure a child is safe and that her family is getting the help they need.
Unfortunately, as much as 70 percent of child abuse goes unreported, and a child tells an average of seven adults that they are being abused or neglected before a report is made.
Anyone may report suspected abuse; mandated reporters are those people who are required by law to report suspected child abuse.
Mandated reporters are held to a higher standard of responsibility and may receive serious consequences for not reporting suspected abuse.
For more about how to report suspected child abuse, click here.
No, changes to CPSL now require that a mandated reporter must personally make the report.