How Do I Know if My Suspicion Is Reasonable?

To assess whether your suspicion is reasonable, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have information that suggests that the child has been hurt or harmed (or is at imminent danger of harm) by something the parent (or person legally responsible) did or did not do?
  • If the same information was given to another experienced mandated reporter (your supervisor or a co-worker) would they suspect child abuse or neglect?

If the answer is “yes” to either of these questions, you have formed a reasonable suspicion and should call the CPS Child Abuse Hotline. If you are not sure, call for a CPS consultation.

If the answer is “no,” you should work with the family to prevent child abuse or neglect before it happens. Use your resources and tools to help the family.