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Failure to Report Policy Revised

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) introduced a revised policy concerning “Failure to Report” by Mandated Reporters, which now includes an online reporting option as an alternative to reporting by telephone. This new policy, implemented after a year-long trial period, offers a welcomed alternative to the lengthy wait times often experienced by callers.

Specifically, under revised policy 22-1-3, online reporting is permitted in “non-emergent” situations. However, DCF has not provided a clear definition of “non-emergent,” though it seems intended for cases where the child is not believed to be currently at risk of abuse or neglect. While there is some leniency if it is discovered later that the situation was emergent, this leniency does not apply if the mandated reporter should have recognized the emergency nature of the situation at the time of the online report. Due to the absence of a precise definition of what constitutes an emergency, and the potential for retrospective failure-to-report allegations if DCF determines that the reporter should have recognized an emergency, it is advisable to use the online reporting option only when it is evident from the incident itself that the child is not in ongoing danger of abuse or neglect.

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