Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation . Adapted from a presentation developed by Tri-Valley Developmental Services (TVDS) and shared with KIPBS by Julie Kent from Cohort 6. A Brief Profile of Abuse. 18,000 children a year become disabled as a direct result of abuse: 1500 per month, 50 a day
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Adapted from a presentation developed by Tri-Valley Developmental Services (TVDS) and shared with KIPBS by Julie Kent from Cohort 6
Problems are overwhelming
Major changes in life: promotions, job changes, moving, birth of a child, holidays, etc.
Options seem few or non-existent
He/she is alone
No one seems to care
No one will listen, such as family, friends, work colleagues, etc.Stress Alarm Signals
Physical Abuse: Any act (or failure to act) performed intentionally or recklessly that causes, or is likely to result in, harm to an individual including:
Staff working in community agencies; e.g. residential, employment, mental health
Guardians or conservators
Bank trust officers
Administrative officers for a medical care facility
Operators of care facilitiesWho is a mandatory reporter?
You are a mandatory reporter of Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
Two reporting centers (Wichita & Topeka)
Call-takers are no longer able to tell if the child/adult receives HCBS and should contact SRS
If the person has a disability (physical, emotional, intellectual), tell the call-taker
Also report if you know the child is on any waiver
Check interactive maps or the table for the Performance Improvement Coordinator for the region the child lives in
If it is known that the child is on the MR/DD waiver, the CDDO would also like to know about the report.
When a report of abuse or neglect is made to SRS, an Initial Assessment is completed to determine if SRS should become involved. If the report meets the criteria for SRS involvement, it is investigated by a social worker or special investigator. Law enforcement may also investigate if a social worker is not available or a joint investigation is warranted. If it is determined that a child's safety is at risk, then a recommendation is made by SRS or law enforcement to the court regarding the necessary action that should be taken. The court is ultimately responsible for the decision to remove a child from the home. This may require placing the child in foster care or with a relative. When making a recommendation to remove a child, SRS must weigh the emotional harm of being removed from the home, with the likelihood of harm if the child remains in the home.
Child Protective Services (CPS) may also be provided in non-abuse or neglect situations, without proper parental care and control, truancy, and runaways. Investigations often result in families being referred to services such as family preservation, foster care, or other services available in the community.
Guide to Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect: http://www.srskansas.org/CFS/Child%20Abuse%20Reprting%20Guide.pdf
No punitive action will be taken against you for reporting, if it is done in good faith
You have immunity for reports made in good faith
“Good faith” means that your intentions were to protect the health, safety and well-being of the dependent person
You must provide factual information
You do not determine guilt or innocenceRights of the Reporter