“Any Person” Who Suspects Child Abuse is a Mandated Reporter
Updated Florida Statutes:
Any person who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, that a child is abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver or other person’s welfare shall report immediately such knowledge or suspicion to the central abuse hotline of the Department of Children and Families.
-Florida Statutes; Chapter 39
- Bite Marks
- Burns (under clothes/back of legs, feet)
- Unattended Medical Needs
- Lack of Supervision
- Consistent Hunger
- Poor Hygiene
- Emaciated Appearance
- Verbal cues from the child
- Inappropriate Sexualized Behavior
- Pain in Genital Area
- There are usually no physical symptoms as child sexual abuse is not a violent act, but rather anon-going process with someone the child knows.
- Development Delays
- Anti-social Behavior
- Destructive Behavior
- Extreme Passive or Aggressive Behavior
Common Findings in Parents of Abused Children
- Do Not Volunteer Explanation for Child’s Injury
- Contradictory Explanations for Child’s Injury
- Evasive Answers to Questions
- Anger Directed at Child for Being Injured
- Little Concern for Child/Decreased Touching and/or Eye Contact
- Inappropriate Response to Child Crying
- Overprotective/Does Not Allow Adult To Question Child Alone.
Florida Child Abuse Hotline:
Indications are 1 out of every 30 Children in America are currently being abused.