How to Make A Report: For further information about the Florida Abuse Hotline and how to report suspected child abuse and/or neglect in Florida, please click here.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Florida Abuse Hotline and about the requirements for reporting, please click here.
In some instances the child will disclose the abuse to you.
However, this is not always common as children are often threatened not to tell or may not even realize that what is occurring is abusive.
Concern that a child has been sexually or physically abused by a person who is not a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for a child’s welfare shall be reported to the Department of Children and Families at the statewide toll-free hotline: 1-800-96 –ABUSE immediately.
If there are any questions related to child abuse, abandonment, neglect or a child in need of supervision and care, the school employee shall consult with the school-based child abuse designee.
Training for Administrators Institutional Penalties for Failure to Report If a state university administrator knowingly and willfully fails to report or prevents another from reporting known or suspected child abuse, neglect or abandonment committed on university property (whether or not at a USF activity) or at a university-sponsored event, the university will be subject to a one million dollar fine for each failure.
The law provides that the DCF will determine whether child abuse, neglect or abandonment occurred; university administrators must report, even if there is a suspicion.
AB-PA gives you the rock solid Foundations on which to stand and fight for your children. Even if the state does not require it, however, you should leave your name and the organization that you work for, so that there is a record of the report in the state system. Florida requires a report “immediately” whenever a person has “reasonable cause to suspect” harm to a child.That standard is lower than a certainty, and most state authorities tend to interpret it in favor of reporting sooner rather than later.Introduction Florida law now requires a state university administrator, upon receiving information of suspected abuse, to report known or reasonably suspected abuse of a child committed on the property of the university, or during an event or function sponsored by the university.The new law also requires that a person who knows, or has a reasonable suspicion, that a child is the victim of abuse, report that knowledge or suspicion to the Florida Abuse Hotline.If you suspect or have concerns that a child is being abused and/or neglected, you should report it immediately!