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The Duty to Report Child Abuse

In Community by Elizabeth Stephenson

Children are our most vulnerable population of people and cannot protect themselves. They rely on the eyes and ears of our entire community to protect them. That is why when a child is abused or neglected, we have a duty to speak up. The North Carolina Division of Social Services is tasked with the responsibility of receiving reports of abuse or neglect of children and investigating those reports; however, in order to protect children, Child Protective Services relies on citizens, like you, to make these reports. How Do I Identify Abuse or Neglect? Abuse is considered by the State as “intentional maltreatment of a child and can be physical, sexual, or emotional in nature.” Neglect is an omission, or a failure to provide proper care, supervision, or medical care for …