AS A VOLUNTEER
1. Anyone can make a report if child abuse is suspected. You need not have proof. If you have reason to suspect child abuse may be occurring, you can in good faith make a report.
2. Any person making a report is legally protected from prosecution. The reporting person’s name is held in confidence by Social Services.
3. A report can be made anonymously… just inform the caseworker that you wish the report to be ANONYMOUS.
4. The name of both the child and suspected perpetrator as well as addresses and phone numbers will help the case worker speed up the process. However, you need not have all this information to make a report.
5. Report the suspected abuse to the “Department of Human Services” to the county in which the child lives.
6. It is wise to ask for names and addresses of the caseworker and confirm your conversation in a letter. You may call back for a limited report on the status of the case.
Jefferson County 303-271-4357
Arapahoe County 303-795-4825
Douglas County 303-688-4825
(See the blue pages in phone book for other counties.)
Operator: Hello, Arapahoe Human Services. May I help you?
Reporter: Yes, I wish to make a report of suspected child abuse.
Operator: I’ll connect you with a caseworker.
Caseworker: Hello, this is Joe Doe.
Reporter: I want to make a report (or make an anonymous report) of suspected child abuse.
Caseworker: What did you see? What is the name of the child? What is the name of the perpetrator? Do you know the address? Etc.
7. The caseworker will make a judgment call as to whether the information you give warrants immediate action or just creating a file. Even just creating a file can be critically important if the incident is reported again by someone else.
8. If you believe there is imminent danger to the child, call the police or 911.