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Child Abuse & Available Protections. Corporal Punishment. Physically disciplining a child . General Rule of Thumb separating Abuse from Corporal Punishment. Corporal Punishment should leave r edness which fades shortly a fter administration and should b e administered with an open hand.

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slide1

Child Abuse

&

Available Protections

slide2

Corporal Punishment

Physically disciplining

a child

slide3

General Rule of Thumb separating Abuse from Corporal Punishment

Corporal Punishment should leave

redness which fades shortly

after administration and should

be administered with an open hand

Abuse leaves lasting marks

Including bruising or welts.

abuse is often administered with

a closed fist or an instrument

LEGAL

ILLEGAL

slide4

ParensPatriae

“Father of the Country”

If the parent will not “parent”

The state will parent for them

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A Dependant Child

Depending on your state, the agency

responsible for preventing child abuse

might vary.

It can be a state agency, the

sheriff or local law enforcement, or a

non-profit agency.

A child in the custody of the state or government

3 types of dependant children…

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1. Abused Child

Something is DONE to a child

that should NOT be done

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2. Neglected Child

Something is NOT done to a child

that SHOULD be done

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3. Abandoned Child

Permanently leaving a child

or “lock-out”

Typically occurs with newborn infants

or

With teenagers who have become unruly

slide9

Child Abuse

More than 1 million children are victims of child abuse and neglect each year in Florida alone

slide10

Florida

Abuse

Hotline

  • Reporters are:
  • Immune from criminal charges
  • Anonymous

1-800-96-ABUSE

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False Reports:

  • 3rd Degree Felony
  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • $10,000 fine
slide12

Where does Child Abuse occur?

In the home by the caretaker

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Do police attend

and investigate

all DCF reports?

ONLY if sexual or physical abuse is alleged

Are the police

needed to remove

a child from a home?

Police consent is never needed

DCF operates under CIVIL law…to remove must prove 51%

the police operate under CRIMINAL law…to convict must prove 100%

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1980 Child Welfare

&

Adoptions Reform Act

1. Defines child abuse

2. Requires LEO & DCF to cross report

3. Expands those defined as

mandated reporters

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Mandated Reporters

1. DCF Workers

2. Day care workers

3. Firefighters

4. School Bus Drivers

5. Recreational Camp Counselors

6. Film Processors

7. Animal Control

8. Any person suspecting abuse or neglect

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Martina McBride

Concrete Angel

slide18

The Florida Department

Of

Children & Families

Excerpts from the Department Handbook, 1998

slide19

Notice:

the State has augmented

the federal list of

mandated reporters

Can you describe why

the professions listed

here would be appropriate

to add to the list?

slide20

The DCF Child Abuse

Allegation Matrix

(1998)

The next FOUR slides provide specific forms of child abuse and neglect