When it comes to the abuse of children, everyone in Oregon wants to help stop it and prevent it. Each person has a responsibility to report anything they see that is questionable or that indicates abuse is occurring. However, there are some members of society that must report any suspicion of abuse or neglect. According to Oregon.gov, these people are mandatory reporters.
Mandatory reporting is when a person is legally bound to report any indication of abuse or neglect based on their profession or involvement with children. There are some obvious groups that fall under this umbrella. They include health care providers, school workers, law enforcement, and any employee of the Department of Human Services.
There are others who may not immediately come to mind but who are in positions to have an impact and see potential signs of abuse. These include clergy members, registered or certified child care providers and counselors. In addition, anyone working in a field where they come in contact with children or provide services to children, such as coaches, scout leaders and youth group leaders, are also mandatory reporters.
It is important to note that a mandatory reporter must follow reporting laws even when not working in an official capacity. So, even if you see something on your day off, you must report it. You must report within 24 hours after you have seen, heard or otherwise experienced something that leads you to believe abuse is occurring.
Anyone can report suspicions of neglect and abuse of children and adults by calling 1-855-503-SAFE. This information is for education. It is not legal advice.