Situations involving possible abuse or neglect of a child and the steps taken to report may present themselves in many different ways. The video scenarios below provide two examples.
- In Making the Call, Suzy Smith, school counselor, will make a report to DFPS by phone with her concerns for Pablo, a six-year old student.
- In Submitting Suspicions, you will meet Lily. Lily’s teacher learns some information that leads her to submit an e-Report on what she feels is a non-urgent situation.
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|Making the Call for Pablo
Reporting Abuse/Neglect by Phone
|Submitting Suspicions for Lily
Reporting Abuse/Neglect using an e-Report
| What if a reporter is unsure whether a situation or condition is a potential "warning sign"?
While it would be ideal to have a clear-cut guide that would determine whether any given situation constitutes abuse or neglect, there are many factors that determine whether a situation warrants an investigation. When in doubt, you should always err on the side of the child's safety by making a phone or Internet report.
The following situations in and of themselves do not meet the legal definitions of abuse or neglect. However, in combination with other factors, some of them might be warning signs: