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Module One: Lesson Three

Reporting Abuse Information

A. The Florida Abuse Hotline will accept a report when:

  • There is reasonable cause to suspect that a child (less than 18 years old) who can be located in Florida, or is temporarily out of the state but expected to return in the immediate future, has been harmed or is believed to be threatened with harm from a person responsible for the care of the child.

B. Definition of Caretaker Responsible
Every child should expect to be safe and protected when in the care of:

  • a parent, even if the parent is a minor; or
  • an adult household member found in the home continually or at regular intervals; or
  • another adult who has been entrusted with, or voluntarily assumed responsibility for the care of the child; or
  • another child who is an employee or volunteer of a daycare, private school, agency, summer camp or similar facility when given sole responsibility for the care of the child.

C. Description of Harm:

  • Abuse: Non-accidental infliction of physical or psychological injury or sexual abuse by a parent, adult household member, or other person responsible for care of the child.
  • Neglect: Failure/omission by a caretaker to provide the care, supervision, services or protection necessary to maintain physical and mental health.
  • Threatened Harm: A situation, circumstances or behavior which leads a prudent person to have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect has occurred or may occur in the immediate future if no intervention is provided.


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