Child Abuse Prevention

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Child Abuse Prevention

I. What is child abuse?

Child abuse is a very sensitive issue that needs to by carefully handled. Child abuse is defined as a no accidental injury or pattern of injures to a child for which there is no reasonable explanation. Child abuse consists of different types of harmful acts directed toward children. In physical abuse, children are slapped, hit, kicked or pushed, or have objects thrown at them causing wounds, broken bones, or other injuries. Severe abuse may result in major injury, permanent physical or developmental damage, or even death. Emotional abuse involves humiliation, dishonoring or other acts carried out over time that terrorize or frighten the child. Sexual abuse consists of a wide
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Sources of Reports Since 1990, statistics shown that 52% of the child abuse reports each year are made by Mandated Reporters. Mandated Reporters have the best opportunity to identify a child abuse problem before it becomes a statistic. A Mandated Reporter may be the only responsible adult in a particular child's life.

How do you report child abuse? Reporting is a personal and individual responsibility for Mandated Reporters and may not be delegated. However, internal procedures on who makes the report can be established to facilitate reporting and apprising supervisors of the report, as long as the procedure is consistent with, and adheres to the mandates of the law. Internal procedures may be helpful in facilitating reporting when more than one Mandated Reporter observes the same child. For example, three emergency room nurses may tend to the same injured child, or after consultation, a teacher and a resource specialist decide that a report should be made. The internal procedure may stipulate that the person with the most first hand knowledge make the report, and/or the report is made jointly with all parties signing the report, and/or, If more appropriate, each party makes an individual report. If the designated person fails to make a report, the other Mandated Reporter(s) must follow-up and report. If a child comes to you, your job as a Mandated Reporter is to report what
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