1. MANDATED REPORTERS:*
CT law requires certain citizens to report suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect. Public and independent school teachers are mandated reporters.
2. REPORTING TIMELINE:*
Mandated reporters must report orally to the DCF or a law enforcement agency within 12 hours of suspecting that a child has been abused or neglected.
3. REPORTING TIMELINE:*
If a mandated reporter has made an oral report to DCF, he/she does not need to also provide a written report.
Mandated reporters are not allowed to request anonymity when making a report.
5. INFORMING THE FAMILY:*
It is not always appropriate to inform the family before or after you have filed a report, especially if there is a chance that the abuser is a member of the family.
Immunity from civil or criminal liability is granted to people who make required reports in good faith.
7. PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO REPORT:*
There are no penalties imposed on mandated reporters who fail to report cases of probable child abuse/neglect.
8. PHYSICAL ABUSE INDICATORS:*
Physical abuse is frequently accompanied by the following child behaviors
a. being afraid to go home
b. showing aggression or withdrawal
c. wearing clothing inappropriate to the weather to cover the body
d. all of the above
9. ACCIDENTAL INJURIES OR ABUSE?*
Cuts and bruises on the bony parts of the body are usually associated with accidents rather than abuse.
10. DISCLOSURE - FEAR OF CONSEQUENCES:*
Abusers often tell children that bad things will happen if they tell others about the maltreatment.
11. THE CHILD'S METHOD OF DISCLOSURE:*
If a child is making a disguised disclosure, you should:
a. ask the child to be honest and reveal that he/she is really the victim
b. honor the child’s method of disclosure and encourage the child to tell you about the situation – without pressing for details beyond what the child is able or willing to provide
12. SEXUAL ABUSE*
A 12 year old girl with a long history of lying in school has confided to her friend that her father sometimes touches her inappropriately. The friend shares this with you. You doubt the validity of the claim. The father is a prominent member of the community. How do you respond?
a. Do not report it. The child’s age and history of lying, combined with the father’s prominence, suggest that the claim is not credible.
b. Report it. Let DCF determine if the report is credible. Take no chances.
13. SEXUAL ABUSE BY OTHER CHILDREN:*
In determining whether sexual activity between children is considered sexual abuse, the DCF considers:
a. the gender of the children
b. the age difference between the children - specifically if there is more than two years difference between the partners
14. EMOTIONAL ABUSE:*
Which of the following constitutes emotional abuse:
a. "grounding" a teenager for the weekend
b. telling a child that he cannot play with other children that you disapprove of
c. verbal belittling and ridiculing
15. PROOF OF ABUSE:*
Mandated reporters do not need any proof of abuse in order to report their suspicion that it may have occurred.
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