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Everyday Erinyes #170


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Furies, New Mexico, CYFD, anonymous reporting, false reports, special education, special needs, disabilities, children, parents, teachers, administrators, police )

Joanne
- 34 days ago - politicsplus.org
A post on TomCat's blog. Some issues with reporting child abuse - and abusing the reporting.



   

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Gene J (289)
Saturday June 15, 2019, 9:01 am
Minnesota has a mandatory reporting law too. I'm sure there are false reports, but each is investigated. Child Protection social workers, and I knew many while working, can easily work out which are which.

A quick search on this: "All 50 States and the District of Columbia have statutes that protect children from abuse and neglect by their parents or others. There are criminal statutes prohibiting certain acts (or failures to act), violation of which may lead to imprisonment. There are also civil statutes that prohibit abuse and neglect. If these statutes are violated, the court may impose requirements that parents accept certain kinds of help (such as substance abuse treatment, parenting classes, or anger management training), that their children be removed from the home, or that their parental rights be terminated."

The state's website is actually down right now for planned maintenance but there are penalties, fines, for filing false reports. A lot of those are angry children reporting their parents because they got grounded. But malicious reports are uncovered and punished.
 

Pat B (354)
Saturday June 15, 2019, 12:52 pm
I agree with Gene's comment too.
Having worked years in Sp.Ed. at the school(s), here, there were two documented reported cases of abuse, sexual, and physical cases re: students, where I reported and needed outside support, (after notifying Admin). The DFPS (Texas Department of Family and Protective Services/CPS) was very helpful, and acted accordingly re: both cases. I had a father come at the ARD meeting, who threatened me, to where I needed to be escorted off campus, after the meeting, (he was stressed with his ongoing divorce), and the other father being promptly arrested in the sexual abuse case when he came on campus to pick up his student at the nurse's office. Since I'm retired now, I hadn't run into any teachers here, that have called in 'false alarms', as most are true, well documented, and the Administration is always made aware of the abuses. Calling into the system to file a concern, or action re: students, is duly noted, and an investigator comes to the campus, and speaks with the student with a counselor/nurse or after teacher gives her concerns/notes to Admin.

I also found that before the new school year, meeting with the incoming students/parents was very helpful. I invited teachers, staff, and parents to visit the school, and be involved, and volunteer.
My thoughts were don't tangle the problems, resolve them by caring.
Thanks, Joanne (and Furies) for post.
 

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday June 15, 2019, 2:16 pm
The special ed teacher who drove Carlos into the mountains and left him there for hours should be arrested and charged with child abuse and child endangerment in my opinion. A parent’s job is to respectfully advocate for their children, but respect goes two ways.
I agree with TC, filing a malicious false report should have a much more severe penalty. The fallout of false reports on the entire family can be catastrophic.
 

Freya H (344)
Saturday June 15, 2019, 5:05 pm
Filing a false report should definitely result in some kind of penalty! Of course, children do need to be protected from abuse - but on the other hand, innocent parents/guardians need to be protected from malicious ratbags that report abuse when there is none just to make someone's life hell.
 

Animae C (508)
Sunday June 16, 2019, 8:33 pm
Character Assassination is the sickening new tool for destroying lives!!!
 
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