Children are our future and we believe in their value. Children need to be protected & sometimes cannot protect themselves. They deserve a SAFE environment to grow and develop. Protecting children involves everyone in the community. We all share the duty to help abused and neglected children. Children need to be able to depend on us to make their world safe and secure. You are doing the right thing by getting involved and reporting that a child is being abused or neglected.
Neglect is essentially inadequate or dangerous child rearing practices; a form of child maltreatment occurring when a parent or caregiver fails to act on behalf of a child. A child who does not receive adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care, supervision or education may be neglected. It may not produce visible signs and it usually occurs over a period of time.
Behavioral Indicators of Neglect:
Environmental Indicators of Neglect:
Emotional Abuse is 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 familyís problems may be emotionally abused.
Physical Indicators of Emotional Abuse:
Behavioral Indicators of Emotional Abuse:
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.
Physical Indicators of Physical Abuse:
Behavioral Indicators of Physical Abuse:
Sexual Abuse may involve any sexual activity between an adult and a child to include everything from fondling to rape. Over 80% of cases reported involve the parent, a relative or other known adult as the perpetrator.
Physical Indicators of Sexual Abuse:
Behavioral Indicators of Sexual Abuse:
Environmental Indicators of Sexual Abuse:
When making a report of suspected child abuse or neglect to Wayne County Children Services, you may be asked some of the following questions:
1.) Name and identifying information of the alleged child victim, parents or caretakers, siblings or children living in the home, and the alleged perpetrator.
2.) Specifics about the alleged abuse or neglect (when and where it occurred, duration or number of occurrences, extent of abuse or neglect, childís current condition and any known causes for the abuse or neglect).
3.) If any other children live in the home and if they are currently, or ever have been, victims of child abuse or neglect.
4.) Information about the behavior and level of functioning of the alleged victim, the caretaker and the alleged perpetrator.
5.) If there have been any prior suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect incurred by the alleged victim.
6.) If any other actions have been taken regarding this incident of suspected child abuse/neglect (police notified, pictures taken, medical attention, non-offending parent/caretaker notified).
7.) Location of the child at the time of the report.
We realize that as a reporter, you will probably not have all of the above information, and may even have very little information about the child and their family situation. Please be patient with us as we ask you for this information. The State Rules mandate that we ask you for this information, and it is also very helpful for us to have as much information as possible about the alleged child abuse/neglect when beginning our investigations.