If you suspect a child is a victim of abuse or neglect, what are your next steps?
You must contact CPS if you even suspect that certain injuries or bruises may not be accidental. You must contact CPS if you see signs of emotional or sexual abuse or physical neglect. Even if you have made a report to CPS about a particular child earlier, you must report each new injury or incident. Do not attempt to interview the child or to manage the situation yourself. Both interviewing and investigating are the responsibility of CPS.
The phone number for CPS should be among the emergency numbers posted by each telephone in your program. In most circumstances you should not inform parents you are making a CPS report. Your parent handbook or posted health policies should inform everyone that you are mandated reporter and that you will report any suspicion of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
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