Module 5 Outcome B: The student can summarize his or her role as a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect.
Unfortunately, there are situations that require a child care provider to report child abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services. “When any licensed or certified child care provider or their employee has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect, he or she shall report such incident, or cause a report to be made, to the proper law enforcement agency or to the department as provided in RCW 26.44.040.” This means that when you have reason to suspect that a child is suffering from physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, or exploitation, you must immediately report the circumstances. This report must be made to Child Protective Service’s central intake.
Check with your local CPS office for the exact procedures to follow if there is immediate danger to a child. If you know the child is in immediate physical danger or has been harmed and needs immediate medical attention, you must also make a report to local law enforcement. If the suspected child abuse or neglect involves you or your staff, you must inform your licensor.
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2) The pamphlet, Protecting the Abused and Neglected Child (DSHS 22-163[X] outlines indicators of physical abuse and neglect, emotional abuse and neglect, and sexual abuse.
Call the Parent Trust Family Help Line at 1.800.932.HOPE (4673).
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