When a mandated reporter observes, knows, or has reasonable suspicion that a child has been abused, a telephone report is required immediately, or as soon as is reasonably possible. If all required information is not immediately attainable, the telephone report must still be made with the available information. The following information will be required:
- your name
- child’s name
- date of birth
- parent’s name and address
- telephone numbers
- names and ages of siblings
- incident information
A written report is required to be mailed or faxed within 36 hours.
Reporting forms are to be kept on file in the parish or school office.
You can also click on the link Suspected Child Abuse Report Form. Contact information for County Welfare agencies can be found in the Additional Resources section at the end of this training.
Additional resources that include contact information for child abuse welfare agencies and more about child abuse in general can be found here.
* How many hours does a mandated reporter have to file a report of suspected abuse?
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