What Happens After Child Care Providers Report Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect?

Reporting a suspicion of child abuse or neglect is a stressful thing for child care providers. But what happens to the report after you contact your local police department or child protection agency?

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What Happens after You Report

First, the agency receiving the report must decide if the information provided justifies an investigation. If so, an investigation is started right away. In some states, action is taken within a 24-hour period. But it may take 30 to 60 days to …

Guidelines for Child Care Providers on How to Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect

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If you are a child care provider who suspects that a child in your care has been abused or neglected, it is essential that you report your suspicions. Child care providers are mandated reporters of abuse and neglect, and you can be held legally liable if you do not report abuse and a child dies.

How do you go about reporting your suspicions? Here are some basic steps:

  • Talk with your center director. If you work in a child care