Student safety in Maricopa Unified School District's #1 priority--Help us protect our students by reporting any suspected abuse or neglect!
Kern County Human Services Department
Report suspected abuse or neglect:
Mandated ReportersAll district employees are mandated reporters!
Any suspected child abuse or neglect must be reported Immediately to CPS or Law Enforcement and a written report (Form 8572) must be filed within 36 hours. All reporting is CONFIDENTIAL!
Mandated Reporters may obtain forms here:
California Department of Justice Child Protection Program Forms
What Is Child Abuse and Neglect?
Child abuse is the purposeful physical injury inflicted on a child by a parent, guardian or other adult. Child neglect is any treatment or mistreatment that threatens the child's health, safety or welfare. Abuse and neglect can be categorized as follows:
- Sexual Abuse: any sexual act by an adult in the presence of a child or to a child
- Physical Abuse: bodily injury inflicted on a child by other than accidental means
- Emotional Abuse: non-physical mistreatment that endangers a child's emotional health
- General Neglect: failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical treatment or supervision where no physical injury to the child has occurred
- Severe Neglect: refers to situations where the child's health and life is endangered, including severe malnutrition and failure to thrive
- Exploitation: forcing or coercing a child into performing activities that are beyond the child's capabilities or which are illegal or degrading
What Happens After I Make A Report?
Once a report of suspected child abuse or neglect has been made, various steps are taken as a part of the resolution process. These steps generally involve the Child Welfare Services and Juvenile Court. The resolution process consists of four main components:
1. Emergency Response: The Child Welfare Service's investigation will determine if abuse or neglect is occurring, if a child is at risk in the home and if protective custody is necessary
2. Family Maintenance: To provide support services to prevent abuse and/or neglect while the child continues to live in his or her own home
3. Family Reunification: To provide support services to the family while the child is in temporary out-of-home care [foster care or placed with relatives.] These services include counseling, parent training and referrals to other community resources, to address precipitating factors such as substance abuse or domestic violence.
4. Permanent Placement: This occurs when children cannot be returned to their families. These children are referred for permanent placement through adoptions, legal guardianship or long-term foster care.
Child abuse and neglect is a community problem and a community responsibility. Until YOU make a commitment, there can be no solution.