Under the “Child Protection Act of 1987” (C.R.S. 19-3-301) in the Colorado Children’s Code, child care center workers are required to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The law at 19-3-304 states that if a child care worker has “reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to circumstances or conditions which would reasonably result in abuse or neglect shall immediately report or cause a report to be made of such fact to the co
“Abuse” or “Neglect” means an act or omission in one of the following categories which threatens the health or welfare of a child: skin bruising, bleeding, tissue swelling, or death; any case in which a child is subjected to sexual assault or molestation, sexual exploitation, or prostitution; any case in which a child is in need of services because the child’s parents, legal guardian, or custodian fails to take the same actions to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision that a prudent parent would take.
If at any time a staff member reasonably suspects child abuse, it is the responsibility of the staff member to report or to cause a report to be made of this suspicion to the local county department of social or human services at 719-687-3335 or the sheriff department. It is not staff’s role to investigate suspected abuse – only to report it. Persons who make a good faith report are immune from civil and criminal liability. Additionally, the law provides for the protection of the identity of the reporting party.
A child care worker who fails to report suspected child abuse or neglect commits a class 3 misdemeanor and will be punished as provided in section 18-1-106, C.R.S. The staff person could also be liable for damages “proximately caused thereby.”
I have read and understand the above requirements concerning my responsibility regarding child abuse reporting.
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