What Child Care Providers Need to Know about Responding to Abuse and Neglect

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Responding to suspicions of abuse and neglect is one of the most challenging jobs a child care provider can face. Whether you see a bruise that looks suspicious or a child tells you someone has hurt him, you may feel overwhelmed and not sure what to do next.

Remember that child care providers are mandated reporters of abuse and neglect in most states. You have a legal responsibility to report your suspicions, and can be held legally responsible if you …