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Parental Notification of Mandatory Reporting

Parental Notification Form About
the role of Mandatory Reports
 
As a childhood care and education worker I am mandated by the State of Oregon (ORS 419B.005-419B.045) to report suspected or possible child abuse and neglect. As a mandatory reporter, if I have reasonable cause to believe a child is or has been abused I must make a report for further assessment. When I make the report, child protective services or law enforcement will do an assessment.
 
As a mandatory reporter I may also contact a child protective services intake worker when I am concerned about a child. They are the experts and will tell me if I should make a report or not. Please do not ask me to not make a report. As a mandatory reporter if I fail to make a report I may be fined $1000. More important, if I have reason to suspect a child is being abused I must do what is best for that child. When a report is made it may bring a child and the family needed support and resources that will stop the abuse or neglect.
 
Oregon Law recognizes these types of abuse:
 
Physical Abuse ~ Bruises, welts, burns, cuts, broken bones, bites, etc., which are deliberately inflicted on the child.
 
Mental Injury ~ Rejecting, abandoning or extensive ridiculing of a child; terrorizing by threat of extreme punishment; extreme cases of ignoring the child; extreme isolation; corrupting a child by teaching inappropriate behaviors such as aggression, sexuality or substance abuse; exposing a child to violence.
 
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation ~ Any sexual contact in which a child is used to sexually stimulate another person is illegal. This may be anything from rape to fondling to involving a child in pornography.
 
Neglect ~ Failure to provide food, shelter, medicine, etc, to such a degree that a child’s health and safety are endangered. Neglect also includes mental injury caused by rejecting, abandoning, extensive ridiculing, terrorizing, corrupting, exposing a child to violence, etc.
 
Threat of Harm ~ Subjecting a child to a substantial risk of harm to the child’s health or welfare. Examples include a child living with or cared for by a person convicted of child abuse or neglect; caregiver behavior which is out of control and threatening to a child’s safety (driving while intoxicated with children in the vehicle; drug or alcohol abuse; etc); a child living with a person who is involved in child pornography.
 
Child Selling or Buying ~ Includes buying, selling, or trading for legal or physical custody of a child. It does not apply to legitimate adoptions or domestic relations planning.
 
As a parent, I understand that all childhood care and education workers are mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect.
 
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Print Parent’s Name                               Parent Signature                                                   Date
 
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Print Parent’s Name                               Parent Signature                                                   Date
 
To learn more about recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect send for this free book: PAM 9061 – “What You Can Do About Child Abuse”. Send request to DHS Distribution Center; 550 Airport Rd SE; Salem, OR97310
 

 



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