Can I Make an Anonymous Child Abuse Report?

Can I Make an Anonymous Child Abuse Report?

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No one should fear retaliation when reporting child abuse or neglect. Protecting children who are in danger is a human instinct, but when that report can mean a child is taken from his or her parent, the implications are very serious. Fortunately, in New Jersey, you can make an anonymous child abuse report.

When making an anonymous child abuse report, there are a few things you should know:

  • You will be immune from any criminal or civil liability you might face if you are reporting child abuse in good faith. You also have employment protection meaning you have legal recourse if you are fired as a result of making the report.
  • Under New Jersey law, caseworkers cannot reveal the source of the call to the parent who is under investigation. Even if you provide personal information so the agency can contact you for more information, caseworkers cannot disclose your personal identifying information to the parent of the child.
  • You should provide as much information as you can, even if you are making the report anonymously. The caseworkers may seem like they want a lot of information. They will typically ask you for the who, what, when, where, and how of the situation. The more information you can provide, the better the caseworkers will be able to take action to investigate the abuse and secure the safety of the child.

When child abuse goes unreported, children are the ones who suffer. Speaking up for a child and reporting instances of abuse or neglect is not just a moral action, it is a civic duty. Indeed, failing to report child abuse is a crime. You are permitted to make an anonymous child abuse report, but make sure you provide as much information as you can. Your information could help ensure a child is placed in a safe home. If you have any questions about making a child abuse report or your role as a reporter, speak with an experienced New Jersey child abuse attorney. An attorney can advise you of your rights and responsibilities and take action to ensure the child in question receives the protection he or she deserves.

Do you have questions about child abuse reports? Williams Law Group, LLC can advise you of your rights and responsibilities and help you take the steps needed to get a child the protection he or she deserves. Located in Union, New Jersey, Williams Law Group, LLC provides compassionate and dedicated legal services to Union, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Monmouth, and Middlesex counties, and the surrounding areas. Our knowledgeable attorneys handle divorce and family law, child custody, and child abuse/neglect cases. Call our office at (908) 810-1083, email us at info@awilliamslawgroup.com, or contact us through our confidential online form to schedule a consultation and ultimately get connected with an experienced New Jersey divorce and child custody attorney.

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