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Please write a paragraph responding to the discussion bellow. Add citations and references in alphabetical order.

A report of suspected child abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment is a responsible attempt to protect a child. Wisconsin law requires mandated reporters who suspect that a child has received non-accidental injury or has been neglected to report their concerns to Child Protective Services (CPS) in the county the child lives in or local law enforcement where the abuse took place. Abuse is when a parent, guardian or custodian inflicts or allows the infliction of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment. Mandated reports are also to report any threats made to children in school or to the public to law enforcement.

Physical abuse includes non-accidental physical injuries such as bruises, broken bones, burns, cuts or other injuries. Sexual abuse occurs when sex acts are performed with children. Using children in pornography, prostitution or other types of sexual activity is also sexual abuse.

Neglect occurs when children are not given necessary care for illness or injury. Neglect also includes leaving young children unsupervised or alone, locked in or out of the house, or without adequate clothing, food, or shelter. Allowing children to live in a very dirty house which could be a health hazard may also be considered neglect. Emotional abuse of a child is evidenced by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal or improper aggressive behavior as diagnosed by a medical doctor or psychologist and caused by the acts or omissions of the parent or caretaker.

The following persons are required to report: Physicians, PA’s, Coroners, Medical examiners, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Optometrists, Dentists, Behavioral Health Professionals, Nurses, Psychologists, Counselors, or Social workers, Public Assistance Workers, Teachers, First Responders, OT/PT/SLP Therapists, Police officers, child welfare investigators, or child protective services workers, Members of the clergy, (Priests, or Christian Science practitioners), Parents, stepparents, or guardians, School personnel or domestic violence victim advocates, and any other person who has responsibility for the care or treatment of minors (Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, n.d.). Reports of suspected child abuse and neglect can be made to the county where the child resides or to the law enforcement of where the possible abuse and/or neglect occurred. Persons making reports in good faith are immune from criminal or civil liability. A person who is mandated to report suspected child abuse or neglect will be informed by the county what action, if any, was taken to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the child who is the subject of the report. Mandated people required to report and intentionally fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect or threats of school violence can be fined up to $1000 or go to prison for up to six months or both (Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, n.d.). Unfortunately, child abuse, neglect, emotional and physical abuse is something that happens way too often in my opinion.

Scenario:

A child arrives in the emergency department for a fever of 101.4. The child is six-years-old and during the examination, the nurse notes that child is unusually shy and presents with multiple bruises on his stomach, back, and legs. The parents notice the nurse’s concerns and says, “My child is such a clumsy kid. He’s trips on the stairs and has fallen a few times while playing with his friends.”

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (n.d.). Mandated Child Abuse and Neglect Reporters. Retrieved from https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/cps/mandatedreporters

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