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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH & CHILDREN - How to Report Suspected Abuse

abuse.jpgA referral of child abuse and or neglect can be made by any person including a child, who has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect. You may report the matter to the Department of Human Services or any law enforcement agency. The information in a Child Protective Services complaint needs to be provided by the individual who actually has observed the alleged victim or had contact with the child regarding the complaint.


Contact the CPS Emergency Contact Number 1-855-444-3911 to make a report of suspected child abuse and or neglect.

Certain individuals must report suspected child abuse or neglect. If you are one of the following, you are a mandatory reporter in Michigan:

Physicians

Licensed emergency medical care providers.

Licensed master social workers.

School counselors.

Dentists.

Audiologists.

Licensed bachelor's social workers.

Teachers.

Physician's assistants.

Psychologists.

Registered social service technicians.

Law enforcement officers.

Registered dental hygienists.

Marriage and family therapists.

Social service technicians.

Members of the clergy.

Medical examiners.

Licensed professional counselors.

Persons employed in a professional capacity in any office of the Friend of the Court.

Regulated child care providers.

Nurses.

Social workers.

School administrators.

Employees of an organization or entity that, as a result of federal funding statutes, regulations, or contracts, would be prohibited from reporting in the absence of a state mandate or court order (example: domestic violence provider).

The following Department of Human Services employees also have a legal mandate to report suspected child abuse or neglect:

· Eligibility specialists.

· Family independence manager or specialists. -

· Social services specialists.

· Social work specialists.

· Social work specialist managers.

· Welfare services specialists.

Making a Report of Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect -- Mandated reporters are required to make an immediate verbal report to CPS and a written report within 72 hours when they suspect child abuse or neglect. Mandated reporters must also notify the head of their organization of the report. Reporting the suspected allegations of child abuse and/or neglect to the head of the organization does not fulfill the requirement to report directly to DHS.

The verbal report can be completed by calling 855-444-3911.

Mandated Reporter Hotline --If a mandated reporter is dissatisfied with the response by DHS, the mandated reporter may contact the Mandated Reporter Hotline at 877-277-2585.

For more information about mandatory reporters, read these Michigan laws: Michigan's Child Protection Law

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