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Oregon Board of Optometry

1500 Liberty Street SE, Suite 210
Salem OR 97302
Phone: (503)399-0662
Fax: (503)399-0705
email: cathy.boudreau@state.or.us

MANDATORY REPORTING OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE

Optometric Physicians: as a Mandatory Reporter...you must report suspected child abuse...

Oregon law recognizes these types of abuse:

PHYSICAL INJURY

  1. Bruises, welts, burns, cuts, broken bones, sprains, bites, etc., which are deliberately inflicted.
  2. Injuries may:
      • - Be in the shape of the article used (electric cord, belt buckle, etc.)
      • - Not match children's description of how they occurred (fracture from falling off the sofa, etc.)

NEGLECT

  1. Failure to provide food, shelter, medicine, etc. to such a degree that a child's health and safety are endangered.
  2. Children often:
      • - Don't want to leave school.
      • - Are constantly tired.
      • - Are left alone with no supervision.
      • - Have unmet physical, emotional, or medical needs.

SEXUAL ABUSE AND SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

  1. Any sexual contact in which a child is used to sexually stimulate anothr person is illegal. This may be anything from rape to fondling to involving a child in pornography.
  2. Children often have:
      • - Difficulty walking or sitting; pain or itching in the genital area; torn, stained, or bloody underclothing.
      • - Poor peer relationships; fantasy or infantile behavior; fear of being left with someone.
      • - Inappropriate interest in, knowledge of, or acting out of sexual matters.
      • - Any of the behavioral problems listed under "Mental Injury."

THREAT OF HARM

  1. Any action, statement, written, or non-verbal message which is seious enough to make a child believe he or she is in danger of being abused.
  2. Children may exhibit any of the behaviors listed on this page.

MENTAL INJURY

  1. A continuing pattern of rejecting, terrorizing, ignoring, isolating, or corrupting a child, resulting in serious damage to the child.
  2. Children often:
      • - Have speech or sleep disorders.
      • - Fail to grow normally.
      • - Are very aggressive or withdrawn.
      • - Show an abnormal need for emotional support.

CHILD SELLING

  1. Buying, selling, or trading for legal or physical custody of a child.
  2. Does not apply to legitimate adoption or domestic relations planning.

If you think a child is being abused, you must report it to the State Office for Services to Children and Families (SCF) or a law enforcement agency. More than half of the children seen by SCF were referred by mandatory reporters. You may be their best hope.....


This page was last revised: JULY 26, 2013

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