Fla's DCF gets the word out about your duty to report child abuse.
State law, as of October 1, 2012, requires all Floridians to report any suspected child abuse to the Department of Children and Families. Despite what some may think, it's not simply up to teachers, caregivers or doctors to report abuse.
DCF is ramping up its efforts to get the word out by spending $1.5 million on a campaign titled "Don't Miss the Signs". This is an ad campaign to put out the information, including the signs of abuse:
· Frequent bruises or broken bones · Frequent school absences · Sudden emotional withdrawal · Sudden aggressive behavior · Nightmares · Acting out in school · Displays of irrational fear of certain places, situations or people · Regression to an earlier stage of development: bed-wetting or thumb-sucking · Social isolation · Inadequate personal hygiene · More signs of abuse.
Officials say, even if you don't have all of the details, it is your duty to report potential abuse. Click Here to find out the 4 ways to report abuse.
Watch this quick message from DCF Secretary David Wilkins.