Immediately upon the suspicion of or witnessing of a case of child abuse, contact the District Attorney’s C.A.R.E. Team or the Department of Social Services by telephone, letter or in person.
Be prepared to provide the information necessary to identify the abused child/children.
Reports made by anonymous persons are never ignored. They will be referred for investigators.
Mandated Reporters for Child Abuse
- Clerks/Magistrates of District Courts
- Police Officers
- Social Workers
- Foster Parents
- Day Care Workers
- Teachers (private/public)
- Emergency Medical Personnel
- Hospital Personnel
- Educational Administrators
- Probation Officers
Possible Signs of Abuse
Listed below are only some of the signs of child abuse. Please remember, if you have any reason to believe that a child is being mistreated call the C.A.R.E. Team at 1-800-344-CPAC.
- Unexplained injuries such as bruises, welts, burns, fractures, and lacerations
- Frequent appearance of injuries described above
- Appearance of unexplained anxiety, acting out
- Sleep disorders, nightmares, fear of the dark
- Inappropriate touching of self or others
- In older children, a “run-away” pattern may develop