For the Child Abuse Hotline staff to find cause to begin an investigation into suspected child abuse, they must be able to determine that five criteria have been met:
- IDENTITY AND LOCATION. Is there enough information known about the identity and location of the potentially abused child to permit an investigation?
- AGE OF THE CHILD. Is the child under 18 years of age?
- JURISDICTION. Where did the abuse occur and where is the alleged victim now?
- PERSONS LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE. Is the perpetrator someone who is legally responsible according to the State Law?
- ALLEGATION OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT. Are there allegations that, if true, would constitute abuse or neglect according to New York State law?
Mandated reporters can use these five criteria as a kind of checklist before they call the hotline to make sure they’ve asked the right questions and gathered the right information. To learn more about each of these criteria, click here.
Physical signs and changes in behavior that may be the result of child abuse or neglect. Many indicators, however, can be the result of other causes and need to be assessed further.
Who is Mandated to Report?
New York State Law mandates five main types of professionals to call the Child Abuse Hotline and report if they have a reasonable suspicion that a child has been abused or neglected. Because the work of mandated reporters brings them into contact with children and/or families, they are in a key position to help protect children from harm.
Check this list to see if your professional responsibilities make you a mandated reporter in New York State. Talk to your supervisor or employer to be sure of your status as a mandated reporter. You can also call Monroe County Child Protective Services (CPS) at 585-461-5690 to talk it over. If you do not see your profession on this list, you can still report your concerns about child abuse and maltreatment as a voluntary reporter.
|Mandated Reporters in New York State|
|1. Human Services
|2. Child Care Providers||
|3. Education Providers||
|4. Health Care Providers||
|5. Law Enforcement||