ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Summary of Legal Requirements
Concerning the Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
|Public Policy of
the State of Connecticut
The public policy of the State of
Connecticut is to protect children whose health and welfare may be adversely affected
through injury and neglect; to strengthen the family and to make the home safe for
children by enhancing the parental capacity for good child care; to provide a temporary or
permanent nurturing and safe environment for children when necessary; and for these
purposes to require the reporting of suspected child abuse, investigation of such reports
by a social agency, and provision of services, where needed, to such child and family.
Legal References: CONN. GEN. STAT. §17a-101 et
Who Makes a Report
Anyone may cause an oral or written report
to be made to the Department or a law enforcement agency when that person
has reasonable cause to suspect that a child or youth under the age of
eighteen (18) is in danger of being abused or has been abused or
Mandated reporters are those persons
(listed below) who are specifically
required by statute to make a report when, in the ordinary course of their
employment or profession, they have reasonable cause to suspect or
believe that a child under the age of eighteen (18) years
has been abused or neglected;
has had non-accidental physical injury, or injury
which is at variance with the history given of such injury, inflicted
upon such child; or
placed at imminent risk of serious harm.
What Must be
following child abuse or neglect situations must be reported to the
Any child or youth who has a non-accidental physical injury, or
injury which is at variance with the history given of such injury, or who
is in a condition which is the result of maltreatment such as, but not
limited to, malnutrition, sexual molestation, deprivation of necessities,
emotional maltreatment or cruel punishment.
Any child or youth who has been abandoned or is being denied proper
care and attention, physically, educationally, emotionally or morally or
is being permitted to live under conditions, circumstances or associations
injurious to his/her well-being or has been abused.
Under Thirteen (13) with Venereal Disease:
A physician or facility must report to Hotline upon the
consultation, examination or treatment for venereal disease of any child
not more than twelve (12) years old.
List of Mandated Reporters
following persons are mandated reporters:
of Children and Families Employees
Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Emergency Medical Services
Marital and Family Therapists
or Unlicensed Resident Interns
or Unlicensed Resident Physicians
of the Clergy
Parole Officers (Juvenile or Adult)
Probation Officers (Juvenile or Adult)
School Guidance Counselors
Sexual Assault Counselors
Any person paid to care for a child in any
public or private facility, child day care center, group day care
home or family day care home which is licensed by the State.
Department of Public Health employees
responsible for the licensing of child day care centers, group day care
homes, family day care homes or youth camps.
The Child Advocate and
any employee of the Office of the Child Advocate.
reporting requirements are as follows:
report shall be made by a mandated reporter by telephone or in person to
the DCF Hotline or to a law enforcement agency as soon as practicable, but
not later than twelve (12) hours after having reasonable cause to suspect
or believe that a child has been abused or neglected or placed in imminent
risk of serious harm.
forty-eight (48) hours of making an oral report, a mandated reporter shall
submit a written report to the DCF Hotline (DCF-136, Report of
Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect).
report concerns an employee of a facility or institution that provides
care for a child and which is licensed by the state, the mandated reporter
shall also send a copy of the written report to the executive head of the
state licensing agency.
mandated reporter is a member of the staff of a public or private
institution or facility that provides care for the child or public or
private school, the reporter shall also submit a copy of the report to the
person in charge of the institution, facility or school or the persons
If a law
enforcement agency receives an oral report, it shall immediately notify
the DCF Hotline.
notify the appropriate law enforcement agency within twelve (12) hours of
receipt of a report alleging sexual abuse or serious physical abuse,
including, but not limited to, a report that a child
suffered brain damage or loss or serious impairment of a bodily function
sexually exploited, or
suffered serious non-accidental physical injury.
Liability and Protections
person, institution or agency which, in good faith, makes or does not make
a report shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability provided
such person did not perpetrate or cause such abuse or neglect.
employer shall discharge, or in any manner discriminate or retaliate
against any employee who in good faith makes a report, as above, testifies
or is about to testify in any proceeding involving child abuse or neglect.
|Penalty for Not Reporting
person required to report who fails to make such report
fined not less than $500.00 nor more than $2500.00, and
required to participate in an educational and training program.
|Penalty for Making a False Claim
person who knowingly makes a false report of child abuse or neglect shall
be fined not more than $2,000.00 or imprisoned not more than one (1) year
name of such person shall be disclosed to the appropriate law enforcement
agency and to the perpetrator of the alleged abuse.
Connecticut Department of Children and
Effective Date: April 7, 2003 (Revised)