Child abuse reporting may seem to be a perplexing and problematic procedure. Often, people hesitate to report possible abuse because it may be difficult to be sure that abuse is really taking place. People may not want to get involved in another family’s business, so they do not take part in child abuse reporting. Individuals also fear wrongly accusing a parent or a guardian of inflicting abuse on their child.
However, it is essential that child abuse reporting take place in order to ensure the safety and well-being of a child. If there is any evidence that a child may be suffering from abuse, it should be reported. It is better to be cautious, as physical abuse can escalate and quickly turn fatal.
Laws have been enacted that require individuals who suspect abuse to report it. Otherwise they may encounter civil liability or a criminal charge. Child abuse reporting may be carried out by contacting a local law enforcement agency or by calling the local child protective services agency.