Child abuse is personal.
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Many cannot identify warning signs.
When developing policies, consult with at least 1 child abuse expert. Develop policies for sex offenders seeking to attend and join your community as well as for responding to an allegation within the community. Policies must be accompanied with training.
Know the Law
In accordance with MS. Code 43-21-353, any attorney, physician, dentist, intern, resident, nurse, psychologist, social worker, family protection worker, family protection specialist, child caregiver, minister, law enforcement officer, public or private school employee or any other person having reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a neglected child or an abused child, shall make a verbal report immediately by telephone or otherwise and followed as soon thereafter as possible by a report in writing to the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services.
The identity of the person who made the report will remain confidential, except when the court determines the testimony of the person reporting is material to the judicial proceeding, or when the identity of the reporter is released to law enforcement and the prosecutor. Professionals cannot rely on another person to make the report.
How to Respond
If a child reveals abuse or neglect, remain calm. It’s
important to believe the child, but refrain from making
promises. Assure the child that he/she did the right
thing and is not to blame for the abuse. Do not question the child about the
experience, leave all questioning
up to the authorities.
Your Rights & Responsibilities
Who to Call
The MDCPS statewide intake line provides a central point of contact for all allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation for the State of Mississippi that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Reports are promptly sent to the county of responsibility.
As a parent, it is important to know who is living in your area to ensure your children stay safe. Visit the following sex offender website for the state of Mississippi to remain aware of your neighborhood demographics: http://state.sor.dps.ms.gov/