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What to do when a child discloses abuse or neglect?

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This is a Disclosure "Job Aid" giving you guidance regarding what to say and not say when a child discloses abuse or neglect.

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What to do when a child discloses abuse or neglect?

  1. 1. Mandated Reporter Disclosure Job Aid       What  to  do  when  a  child  or  adult  discloses   What  NOT  to  say  when  someone  discloses   suspected  child  abuse  or  neglect.   suspected  child  abuse  or  neglect.   1. Find  a  private  place  to  talk  with  the  person.   1. Don’t  ask  “why”  questions  such  as:  “Why   2. Reassure  the  person  making  the  disclosure   didn't  you  stop  him  or  her?”  “Why  are  you   ("I  believe  you.”)   telling  me  this?”   3. Listen  openly  and  calmly,  with  minimal   2. Don't  say  "Are  you  sure?"   interruptions.     3. Don't  ask  "Are  you  telling  the  truth?"   4. Write  down  the  facts  and  words  as  the   4. Don't  say  "Let  me  know  if  it  happens  again."   person  has  stated  them.  (Exact  words  are   5. Avoid  leading  questions  ("Did  your  uncle   important  to  investigators.)   touch  you  too?”  “Was  he  wearing  a  blue   5. Do  not  promise  not  to  tell,  but  respect  the   jacket?”)   person’s  confidentiality  by  not  telling  others   who  don’t  need  to  know.   WV  Child  Abuse  and  Neglect  Hotline   6. Tell  the  truth.   7. Be  specific.  Let  the  child  know  what  is  going   1-­800-­352-­6513   to  happen.     24  hours  a  day  -­‐  7  days  a  week   8. Assess  the  child’s  immediate  safety.     9. Be  supportive.     For  serious  physical  abuse  or  sexual  abuse,  also   10. Report  the  disclosure  immediately  and  no   contact  the  state  police  &  local  law  enforcement. later  than  48  hrs  to  CPS.         What  to  do  when  a  child  or  adult  discloses   What  NOT  to  say  when  someone  discloses   suspected  child  abuse  or  neglect.   suspected  child  abuse  or  neglect.   1. Find  a  private  place  to  talk  with  the  person.   1. Don’t  ask  “why”  questions  such  as:  “Why   2. Reassure  the  person  making  the  disclosure   didn't  you  stop  him  or  her?”  “Why  are  you   ("I  believe  you.”)   telling  me  this?”   3. Listen  openly  and  calmly,  with  minimal   2. Don't  say  "Are  you  sure?"   interruptions.     3. Don't  ask  "Are  you  telling  the  truth?"   4. Write  down  the  facts  and  words  as  the   4. Don't  say  "Let  me  know  if  it  happens  again."   person  has  stated  them.  (Exact  words  are   5. Avoid  leading  questions  ("Did  your  uncle   important  to  investigators.)   touch  you  too?”  “Was  he  wearing  a  blue   5. Do  not  promise  not  to  tell,  but  respect  the   jacket?”)   person’s  confidentiality  by  not  telling  others   who  don’t  need  to  know.   WV  Child  Abuse  and  Neglect  Hotline   6. Tell  the  truth.   7. Be  specific.  Let  the  child  know  what  is  going   1-­800-­352-­6513   to  happen.     24  hours  a  day  -­‐  7  days  a  week   8. Assess  the  child’s  immediate  safety.     9. Be  supportive.     For  serious  physical  abuse  or  sexual  abuse,  also   10. Report  the  disclosure  immediately  and  no   contact  the  state  police  &  local  law  enforcement.   later  than  48  hrs  to  CPS.    

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