When do I need to report?
“Any person . . .who has reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subject to abuse or neglect or who has observed the child being subjected to circumstances or conditions which would reasonably result in abuse or neglect shall immediately upon receiving such information report or cause a report to be made of such fact to the county department or local law enforcement agency.”
What this means is, if you suspect you report the same day.
What is the reporters legal protection?
In order to encourage individuals to report child abuse, the law protects the identity of the reporter, except under special circumstances. If criminal charges are under consideration, or a case goes to court, the name of the reporter may become known. In general, however, the name of the person making a report in good faith is kept confidential. Colorado statutes further provide that individuals who report in good faith are immune to civil and criminal liability or termination of employment that might result from such a report.
What happens when a report is made?
Either the Department of Social Services or law enforcement is responsible for coordinating the investigation of child abuse reports. Which department takes the lead depends upon the specific details of the report. The investigation includes information about the child, the nature and extent of the abuse, the identity of the person responsible for the abuse, if known, the family composition, information about the reporter, and any other information deemed necessary.
Information was obtained from: blueskybridge.org
•Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare The CDHS Division of Child Welfare consists of a group of services intended to protect children from harm and to assist families in caring for and protecting their children. This website provides information on child abuse including resources for prevention. To report child abuse in any Colorado county use this link County listings or dial 911.
•Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect Headquartered in Denver, the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect provides direct resources and information for abused or neglected children. They also provide child abuse treatment and prevention programs. Kempe provides comprehensive assessment, treatment, and referral services for children who have been physically or sexually abused.
•Sungate Kids National Children’s Alliance (CCC, has a special relationship with Sungate Kids!) Sungate Kids is a Colorado based non-profit children’s advocacy agency serving Colorado’s 18th Judicial District in the Denver area which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties. This resource provides investigation and support services to victims of child abuse.
•Childhelp Founded in 1959, Childhelp is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam.
• Fussy Baby Network Colorado Fussy Baby Network Colorado offers a range of support services including a Fussy Baby Warmline, Fussy Baby Clinics, a Fussy Baby Infant/Baby Program, and Community Connections. Services are at no cost and no family will be turned away. Services are also available in Spanish. Fussy Baby team members are available by phone. Please call 877-6-CRYCARE (1-877-6-279-2273). Leave a message and a team member will call you back.
• Families First Families First’s mission is “to provide services which strengthen families, empower parents, nurture children, and end the cycle of child abuse and neglect.” A non-profit Colorado organization, Families First provides a family support line, parent support groups, education classes, and residential treatment. From 10 am – 10 pm you can call for support, information, and referrals: 1-877-695-7996 or in Spanish 1-866-Las-Familias.
• Colorado Coalition for Elder Rights and Adult Protection CERAP provides education on adult and elder abuse, promotion of events designed to bring attention to elder abuse, and support for laws, regulations, and policies designed to protect the rights of elders and at-risk adults.