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What NOT to do

It is important to provide OCS and law enforcement accurate information. At the same time there are some things that mandatory reporters and anyone reporting neglect or abuse should not do:

  • Do not investigate the situation yourself
  • Do not question the child about the abuse
  • If the child has made a statement do not paraphrase or change it —  use exactly the words the child has said
  • Do not bargain with the child
  • Do not report only to your supervisor (that does not relieve you of your reporting duties)
  • You are not required to notify the parent that you are reporting to OCS
  • Do not make the report in a public place where others can overhear you
  • Do not share the information in the report with others in the community
  • If a child discloses to you or gives you information, do not promise to keep it secret

Do's and Don'ts

In this video a medical doctor sand child advocacy center medical director who specializes in child abuse investigations emphasizes what is important to do and not to do when a considering making a report.