Child Protective Services LawUnder the Child Protective Services Law, Child Abuse is defined as the following:
- Any recent act or failure to act by a perpetrator which causes non-accidental serious physical injury to a child under the age of 18.
- Any act or failure to act by a perpetrator which causes non accidental serious mental injury, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child under the age of 18.
- Any recent act, failure to act or series of such acts or failures to act by a perpetrator which creates an imminent risk of serious physical injury to or sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child under the age of 18.
- Serious physical neglect by a perpetrator constituting prolonged or repeated lack of supervision or the failure to provide essentials of life including adequate medical care, which endangers a child’s life or development or impairs the child's functioning.
Mandated reporters are persons who in the course of their employment, occupation or practice of their profession come into contact with children. They must report when they have reasonable cause to suspect child abuse.
Mandated reporters are required to call Childline ( 1-800-932-0313 ) which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Protection of children is a community responsibility in which anyone who suspects child abuse should call any of the numbers listed below. Childline:
1-800-932-0313The Butler County Children and Youth Agency:
Check for the Children and Youth Services available in your county's local telephone book.