Report Abuse: 330-345-5340 / 1-855-642-4453 (855-O-H-CHILD)
Child Safety is Wayne County Children Services’ top priority. Experienced screeners will answer calls about child abuse or neglect 24/7.
Child abuse and neglect frequently occur in families dealing with stress or in the midst of a crisis. Parents, relatives, and other caregivers are under many pressures in today’s society and may have difficulties dealing with problems in the personal, financial or marital areas of their lives.
Drugs and alcohol use may elicit child abuse or neglect. Domestic violence can also play a role in child abuse or neglect.
Types of Child Maltreatment
- Physical Abuse – May be the result of excessive or out of control discipline from a parent or caregiver. It may appear as bruises, marks or injuries inflicted by other than accidental means.
- Sexual Abuse – May involve any sexual activity between an adult and a child. This can be for the gratification of the perpetrator, a third party, or for the exploitation of the child. Over 90% of cases reported involved the parent, a relative, or other known adult as the perpetrator.
- Emotional Abuse – Chronic and consistent attitude or acts which interfere with the psychological and social development of a child. A child who is repeatedly belittled, ignored, or blamed for the family’s problems may be emotionally abused.
- Neglect – inadequate or dangerous child-rearing practices. The parent or caregiver fails to act on the behalf of a child. A child does not receive adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care, supervision , or education may be neglected. It may not produce visible signs and usually occurs over time.
Two types of Non-child Abuse
- Dependency – through no fault of the parent, the child lacks parental care.
- Family in Need of Services (FINS) – A request has been made to provide for assistance to the family. Some of these types of cases include: Emancipated Youth, Safe Haven, Permanent Surrender, Stranger Danger, Courtesy Interview, Home Evaluations.
Per ORC 2151-421, a mandated reporter is any person who is required to report alleged or known child abuse or neglect of a child under 18 or a physically impaired child under 21. Individuals are required by state statutes to report suspected child abuse and neglect to the proper authorities. Mandated reporters typically include professionals, such as educators and other school personnel, health care and mental health professionals, social workers, childcare providers, and law enforcement officers.
Child abuse and neglect cases are confidential by law. The law does not allow WCCSB to provide the name of the person who made the report of child abuse or neglect. Reporter information will only be released to authorized parties (including but not limited to ODJFS staff, law enforcement, county prosecutor and PSCA staff).