Where We Live: Reporting Child Abuse
Policymakers are discussing whether to make all adults “mandated reporters"
Last week, two more men accused Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing them when they were children. The case has raised questions about what one is required to do when child abuse is seen or suspicioned. Policymakers in CT are discussing whether to make all adults “mandated reporters,” but some worry this could mean a flood of reports that would clog the system.
Today, we will talk to the commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families, a state representative, as well as Connecticut’s child advocate, the public policy director at CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services, and we’ll talk to a dentist who heads the abuse and neglect prevention committee of the CT State Dental Association.
CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services free, confidential hotline: 888-999-5545 for English, and 888-568-8332 for Spanish.
DCF Child Abuse and Neglect hotline: 1-800-842-2288