Oregon Board of Optometry
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:
- Bruises, welts, burns, cuts, broken bones, sprains, bites, etc., which are deliberately inflicted.
- 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.)
- Failure to provide food, shelter, medicine, etc. to such a degree that a child's health and safety are endangered.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Children may exhibit any of the behaviors listed on this page.
- A continuing pattern of rejecting, terrorizing, ignoring, isolating, or corrupting a child, resulting in serious damage to the child.
- Children often:
- - Have speech or sleep disorders.
- - Fail to grow normally.
- - Are very aggressive or withdrawn.
- - Show an abnormal need for emotional support.
- Buying, selling, or trading for legal or physical custody of a child.
- 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: JUNE 6, 2013
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