Child abuse is the non-accidental physical, emotional, or sexual mistreatment of children under the age 18.
What is child neglect?
The negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child, including the failure to provide adequate food, medical treatment, clothing, or shelter.
Exception: A parent or guardian legitimately practicing his religious beliefs and does no provide medical treatment for a child. This does not preclude a court from ordering the medical services to be provided where the child’s health requires it.
What are the signs of physical abuse/neglect?
Unexplained injuries (bruises, burns, fractures, etc.), evidence of delayed/inappropriate treatment, withdrawn behavior, self destructive, regularly listless, extreme loneliness.
Who are the mandatory reporters?
- Doctors, surgeons
- Medical examiners
- School teachers and Personnel
- Law enforcement officers and Officials
- Social workers
- Day care workers and Employees
- Mental health professionals
- Persons who render aid or medical assistance to any child when the child is known or suspected to be a victim of abuse or neglect