The state of Florida provides an abuse hotline for the confidential reporting of abuse to prevent further abuse, neglect, or threatened harm: Chapter 39 of the Florida Statues mandates that any person who knows, or has cause to suspect, that a child is abused, neglected by a parent, legal custodian, or caregiver, or other person responsible for the child's welfare, shall immediately report such knowledge or suspicion to the Florida Abuse Hotline or the Department of Children and Families.
In some states, a child's being witness to, or present during, abuse is also cause to report child abuse, but this is not true in the state of Florida.
Clearly, there are negative effects on a child who witnesses abuse, but some authorities believe that this type of reporting punishes the victim who may be a good or adequate care provider for the children.
Florida law mandating child abuse
The following information is specific to the State of Florida.
If you reside in another state, you can utilize a search engine to find specific information related to your State Statutes.
For example, search, “Child abuse and neglect laws in Georgia”.
Every person has the moral obligation to prevent or stop abuse and neglect.
Florida law specifies that some occupations are required to report it.
These occupations are considered "mandatory reporters", and include virtually all health workers.
A mandatory reporter is required to give his or her name when making the report.
The name is kept confidential, but is entered into the record of the report.
Chapter 415 of the Florida Statues mandates that the Department of Children and Families also provide services to detect and correct abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults who, because of their age or disability, may be unable to adequately provide for their own care or protection.
Florida has many retirement communities and a large population of older adults, many who are vulnerable because of age and increasing disability.
They may be dependent on others for care and support.