The MDHHS recommends using the form “Report of Actual or Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect” (DHS-3200) when submitting the written report, which contains all the information required by law. If more than one commissioned journalist suspects child abuse or neglect due to the same incident, they can only file a DHS-3200 form. Civil and criminal liability Mandated rapporteurs who fail to report on allegations of child abuse or neglect are liable to civil and criminal liability. In a civil action, the designated rapporteur may be held liable for any damage suffered by a person as a result of the authorised registrants not submitting a report. In the case of a crime, the designated journalist may be convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment for up to 93 days and a fine of $500. Authorized registrants must immediately report suspected child abuse or neglect to CI by telephone or through the online reporting system. Within 72 hours of the verbal telephone report, the whistleblower submits a written report (DHS-3200). If immediate notification was made via the online declaration system, no further written notification is required. Michigan`s Child Welfare Act requires certain professionals to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Central Admission. These individuals are mandated journalists and have established relationships with children because of their profession.
Mandated Journalists Hotline If a designated journalist is not satisfied with the MDHHS`s response, they can contact the Mandated Journalists Hotline at 877-277-2585. Before that, the assigned journalist must first try to talk to our local MDHHS bureau director about his concerns. Washington State Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Act Statement: Confidentiality of Identity of Hired Journalist A registrant`s identity is confidential under the Child Protection Act. The identity of a whistleblower is disclosed only with the consent of that person, through legal proceedings or in accordance with section 5 of the Child Protection Act (MCL 722.625). Reporting alleged allegations of child abuse and/or neglect to the head of the organization does not meet the obligation to report directly to DHHS. The following Ministry of Social Services staff also have a legal mandate to report suspected child abuse or neglect: Read the detailed reporting guide (downloadable) to understand what information should be included in reports. Persons employed in a professional capacity in an office of the Friend of the Court. The Child Protection Act requires that the written report contain the following information: The oral report can be completed by calling 855-444-3911.
or online. Anyone who has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected must report such incidents. A person who makes a report in good faith is protected from civil and criminal prosecution and cannot be punished if he or she reports or cooperates with a CPS investigation. Employees of an organization or entity who cannot be reported due to federal funding laws, regulations or contracts without a government warrant or court order (for example, domestic violence service providers). The person who has been in contact with the child must prepare the report and provide as much detail as possible about the following information:.
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