• 3.6 million cases of child abuse are reported every year in the U.S.
Abused and neglected children are 11 times more likely to engage in criminal behavior as an adult.
If a teacher has reason to believe a student has been the victim of child abuse or neglect, Arizona law requires that they report it.
It is not sufficient to simply report it to the administration. Arizona law requires that teachers report it to Department of Child Safety, the police or sheriff’s department, or the Arizona Department of Education.
The law requires a report to be made within 24 hours of the time a teacher believes there is abuse or neglect. The law also provides teachers with immunity for reports made in good faith.
Teachers will not take it upon themselves to investigate whether abuse occurred. If they are unsure, they are trained to report the suspicion and leave the investigation to the proper authorities.
Common clues that will alert teachers to abuse or neglect.
• A child who has a pattern of unexplained injuries
• A child who comes to school inappropriately dressed for the season
• A child who is habitually late or often absent from school
• A child who arrives early and leaves late because he or she is reluctant to go home
Common clues that will alert teachers.
• A child who is unusually fearful of adults or other children
• A child who goes to the bathroom with difficulty or has trouble sitting
• A child who is constantly tired, thin or shows evidence of malnutrition
Teachers will make safety a top priority!
• For every incident of child abuse or neglect that’s reported, an estimated two incidents go unreported.
• Child abuse occurs across all socioeconomic levels, ethnic and cultural lines, and religions and education levels.
• Neglect, the most widespread form of child abuse, makes up more than 59% of abuse cases.
Thank your school and legislators: mandatory reporting is the law.