Child Abuse Reporting

DEFINITIONS OF CHILD ABUSE AND CHILD NEGLECT

CHILD ABUSE means:  physical injury, not necessarily visible, of a child under circumstances that indicate that the child’s health or welfare is significantly harmed or at risk of being significantly harmed, by a parent (including any stepparent or foster parent) or other person who has permanent or temporary care, guardianship, or custody or responsibility for supervision of a child, or by any household or family member.

SEXUAL ABUSE means:  an act or acts involving sexual molestation or exploitation, whether physical injuries are  sustained or not, by a parent (including any stepparent or foster parent) or other person who has permanent or  temporary care, guardianship, custody or responsibility for supervision of a child, or by any household or family  member.

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CHILD NEGLECT means:  the failure to give proper care or attention to a child, including the leaving of a child unattended, under circumstances that indicate that the child’s health or welfare is significantly harmed or placed at risk of significant harm, by a parent, guardian or custodian.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPORTING CHILD ABUSE
An oral report of suspected child abuse must be made immediately during school hours.   It is not necessary to observe outward signs of injury to the child.  Neither is it necessary for the reporter to establish proof that abuse has occurred.  Protection of the child is paramount.  If abuse is suspected, a report must be made to Social Services at 301-392-6739 or Police at 301-932-2222 (24 hours).