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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 …

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Child Abuse and Custody Proceedings

In Child Custody, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Courts in North Carolina take allegations of child abuse incredibly seriously, as they should. There are various ways that child abuse can impact custody proceedings. In fact, in any determination regarding the interest and welfare of a child, a court is required to consider “acts of domestic violence between the parties, the safety of the child, and the safety of either party from domestic violence by the other party.” Further, if a court finds that a parent has abused or neglected a child, that parent’s custody and visitation rights can be subject to limitation, restriction, or even termination. Mandatory Duty to Report Child Abuse You have a moral and legal obligation to report child abuse, especially when it is happening to your own child. The steps you take to stop …