Mandatory Reporting of Suspected or Observed Abuse

2019; Issue 3

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Mandated reporters are individuals who have frequent contact with children, elders, and/or disabled persons and have an obligation to report abuse if suspected and/or observed. Examples of this can include neglect, financial manipulation, emotional/psychological mistreatment, and/or sexual/physical acts. Mandated reporters include paid and unpaid individuals that have a responsibility for the care of the individuals listed above. Healthcare workers are mandated reporters. There are some cases where privileged communications may apply, however, if there is uncertainty, PLEASE ASK.

Failure to report can result in a fine ranging between $300 to $10,000 and jail time ranging from thirty days to five years depending on your state.

If there is any doubt and/or suspicion of abuse, it is best practice to report and allow the appropriate individuals to investigate. Do not try to make the decision yourself as to whether the abuse actually occurred and/or is occurring, you need to report the suspicion of abuse.

If child abuse is suspected, you can report to:

  • Local child protective services office
  • The Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • A law enforcement agency
  • National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
If elderly abuse is suspected, you can report to:
  • Elderly Protective Services
    • If the elderly individual resides in a Nursing facility, the Ombudsman is a valuable resource to contact and initiate reporting
If the individual is disabled, you can report to:
  • Local law enforcement
You can also contact the Department of Public Health or any other hotlines provided by your state for abuse issues and you can ALWAYS contact your local law enforcement.

The protection of children, elderly, and disabled persons from any form of abuse is a primary concern and assuring their safety and safeguard from abuse is essential.

If you have any concerns/questions, please contact the Integris Group Risk Management Department.

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