Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting

Case Study: Physical Abuse Scenario 1

While on hall duty, you notice a student who you know well walk past you with a downtrodden look and bruising on his cheek reflecting the shape of fingers and the palm of the hand. You call the student over to check on him. Even though the student is typically happy to see you, he approaches with cautiousness and tries to turn the bruised side of his face away. You engage him in conversation and ultimately ask what happened to his cheek. The student says his father slapped him on the face over the weekend for back talking. The student reports that his father has never done anything like this before and seemed sorry after the bruise started to appear.

Should this be reported to DFACS?

   Yes           No    

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