Every year in Florida, tens of thousands of children are subject to child abuse, which can take the form of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment or mental injury. Many more continue to suffer because the abuse is never reported. Under Florida law, everyone who suspects a child may be abused or neglected has a legal responsibility to report it. Remember: it’s not your job to know whether the abuse happened or not, it is your job to report any concerns. Your actions could save a child’s life.
· Frequent bruises or broken bones
· Frequent school absences
· Sudden emotional withdrawal
· Sudden aggressive behavior
· Acting out in school
· Displays of irrational fear of certain places, situations or people
· Regression to an earlier stage of development: bed-wetting or thumb-sucking
· Social isolation
· Inadequate personal hygiene
Reporting is simple and confidential. Even if you do not have all of the information about the child’s case, you can still report the abuse. Your information could be critical to saving a child’s life.