Report Abuse / Neglect

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Report Child Abuse or Neglect

If you are in immediate danger, please contact 911. 

After a Report Is Made

When a report of alleged abuse is received, a Social Worker takes information regarding the nature and extent of the abuse, neglect, exploitation, such as what the reporter saw, why the reporter considers it to be abuse, neglect or exploitation, and does the reporter believe the alleged victim is in immediate danger. If, after consultation with a Social Work Supervisor, it is determined that the report indicates that a dependent adult or elder is being abused, or at risk of abuse, then the following steps may be taken:

  • Initiate a personal visit with the adult within 24 hours to five working days depending on the risk of imminent danger to the individual
  • With the consent of the adult, interview the alleged perpetrator if one has been named
  • Interview collaterals when appropriate (service providers, relatives, neighbor's, etc.)
  • Discuss with the adult, guardian, conservator, and/or caretaker what actions are needed and, with the adult's consent, develop service plans or corrective action plans with recommendations to prevent further harm
  • With the adult's consent, assist in locating services which are necessary to maintain physical or mental health, i.e.:
    • Legal services
    • Medical care
    • Appropriate living arrangements
    • Assistance in personal hygiene
    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Adequately heated and ventilated shelter
    • Protection for maltreatment
    • Transportation
  • Provide advocacy to assure protection or personal rights