Department of Children and Families. Agenda of Items. Abuse and Neglect Mandatory Reporting The Process of a Report Institutional tips. Abuse and Neglect. The right to Investigate. Florida Statutes Chapter 39.301 Chapter 65C-29 Child Welfare Administrative Rules.
The right to Investigate
Child Welfare Administrative Rules
“To provide for the care, safety, and protection of children in an evironment that fosters healthy social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.”
By law..”Caregiver” means the parent, legal custodian, permanent guardian, adult household member or person responsible for a child’s welfare.
This includes the child’s legal guardian or foster parent, school employee, public or private day care, residential home, institution, facility or agnecy, a law enforcement officer in any facility operated by DJJ, babysitter or relative.
Failure to Protect
Failure to Thrive
(Beware of social media outlets)
Foster Care Referrals
Child on Child
Parent Needs Assistance
“any person who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, that a child is abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent or caregiver, by law, is mandated to report the incident.”
Failure to Report
“ A person who is required to report known or suspected child abuse, abandonment, or neglect and who knowingly and willfully fails to do so, or prevents another person from doing so, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.”
“It is a violation of state law for an Investigator or DCF employee to release the information to anyone without the written consent of the reporter. Failure is a violation of state law.”
Who are the reporters?
Doctors and Medical Staff, day care workers, foster care counselors, foster parents, health professionals, home visitors, institutional workers, judges, law enforcement, medical examiner, mental health professional, residential worker, school staff, school bus drivers, social workers.
What do I need to report?
These items are not required but recommended, name of the victim, social security number, date of birth, the race and sex of the victim, the a/p name, when and where and what happened, your name and your relationship to the incident, good contact number for you.
The victim is under 18 years of age,
Has not been married,
The incident happened in Florida,
The victim has been or threatened to be harmed,
The a/p is a parent or caregiver.
Who gets investigated
(understand that we can support you and help to document incidents )
Steps to help prevent a report
Treat the children the way you want to be treated,
Be honest and consistent,
Say what you mean, think before you speak,
Work as a team,
Agree on goals and consquences
Establish and follow a routine,
Respect is a two way street, you have to earn it,
Manners are universal,
Define your role,
Actions have consequenes for them and for you,
Acknowledge if you are in over your head,
Report situations when they happen,
Reports peers that don’t do their job,
Withhold food or drink,
This is not about you, but about the children.
Do not use cells phones in anyway , shape or form,
Follow all Highway safety guidelines