FLORIDA OFFICE OF EARLY LEARNING — By now, you’re probably aware that abuse and neglect reporting has decreased during COVID-19; however, it is still may be occurring in our communities. School is out and many children are not seen by some of the most reliable reporters in our state, so while we’re all still figuring out how to cope with the world in which we are living.
If you suspect abuse, please call 1-800-96-ABUSE to discuss your concerns. The Handle with Care Flyer has great tips along with factors and indicators to help you identify potential abuse and neglect.
We are all on the front lines, and if we see a child in a situation that doesn’t appear safe, we owe it to that child to bring the information to the attention of someone who can assess the situation, protect the child and help the family.
A huge “thank you” goes out to everyone continuing to respond to abuse and neglect reports, to those helping families heal so children can go home, and to those working to ensure children have permanency and stability in their lives.