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- Oct 26, '11 by LouisVRNYou were mandated to report if even in good faith you believed that abuse was occurring, let alone if the patient flat out told you it was. They say that the most dangerous time for anyone in an abuse situation is when they are preparing to leave. Better to have the authorities provide her all possible resources and even better hopefully remove the abusers from the situation giving her the opportunity to leave in a calm fashion.
- Oct 26, '11 by Simply ComplicatedI'm confused. The mother in law is abusing a child, who belongs to a patient of yours who is also pregnant with another?
Either way, you did the right thing by reporting it. Even if she had a plan, something could happen before that plan is in effect. You can't force the person to get out of the situation, but you can do what you are required to do, and make the abuse known.
- Oct 27, '11 by ~*Stargazer*~In my mind, this is not such a black and white issue.
In the state where I practice, we cannot report domestic violence unless the victim wants to report it. The reason for this is that you could make things worse for the victim and potentially get them killed.
On the other hand, we are mandated reporters of abuse of vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and the disabled.
In my state, I would be legally required to report the abuse of the child, but forbidden to report the abuse of the mother unless she consents to me reporting it.
- Oct 27, '11 by Purple_ScrubsIf it is a minor being abused, you have no choice but to report. In my state, nurses are legally required to report even the suspicion of child abuse. So, if it came to it and it was proven that a prudent nurse should have had reason to suspect abuse, and you did not report, you could be held criminally liable.
I also cannot tell from the OP if there is child abuse involved, however. If it is domestic violence amongst adults without the involvement of a minor child, the rules are different and may allow you to report only if the abused person requests.
- Nov 3, '11 by Rob72Duty to report is generally pretty clear, within your State's NPA. I'm going to differ a bit here, with most, in that, "clearing your conscience", by reporting may have serious consequences for those we intend to help.
State agencies (and their success rates) do vary, but in general, my statement is, "DHS- Proudly placing children in need with drunks, druggies and pedophiles successfully for 25 years!" Not pretty or flattering, but very true.
In context, if your patient has a defined plan for leaving the situation, within a "reasonable" timeframe, she (most typically) will probably be better financially situated, her children are more likely to be with her, and she is less likely to be as dependant on the whims of State employees/the courts.
The problem with legislating morality is that it requires the individual to depend on the State. Around 9,000 years of recorded human history indicates that the State is a poor steward of such trust.
Am I saying not to report? No, but it would behoove one to have a solid contact with community contacts (DHS or similar) whom one can trust to help in evaluating cases individually, rather than cookie-cutter style. DHS(corporately) likes new dependants, as annual increases in needs mean annual increases in budget.