WHAT DO I DO IF A CHILD DISCLOSES ABUSE TO ME?
Use the 3 R’s of Child Abuse: Recognize, Respond, Report
If a child discloses abuse to you, recognize that it is important to listen and act in a way to support and protect him or her. Reassure the child that he or she is brave to share this information with you, and that you will do everything you can to help. Do not ask a lot of questions. Leave investigations to trained professionals.
Promptly report the abuse to the Oklahoma Department Of Human Services (OKDHS).
To Report Abuse
Oklahoma Hotline – 800.522.3511
National Hotline – 800-4ACHILD (800.422.4453)
Failure to report suspected child abuse is a crime – legally and morally.
State law (Title 10A, Section 1-2-101) requires EVERY PERSON who has reason to believe that a child under 18 is a victim of abuse to report the suspicion of abuse immediately to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS).
A report of suspected child abuse is a request for an investigation to gather facts and protect the child from further harm. The person reporting the abuse does not need to prove abuse prior to reporting. Investigation and determination of abuse are the responsibility of DHS, law enforcement, and the judicial system.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER YOU MAKE A REPORT, CLICK HERE.