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What Happens When You Report Someone to Social Services?

Carrie understands that deciding whether to report someone to social services is difficult.

Gayle Weill, LCSW

The decision to report someone to social services is never taken lightly.

The decision to report someone to social services is never taken lightly.

Reporting Someone to Social Services

Every year, in the U.S., more than 4 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 4.3 million children (a referral can include multiple children). And less than half of child abuse cases will never be reported because neighbors, friends, and relatives are often too nervous or afraid to contact social services and stop the abuse. Some worry they will break the family apart, especially if they are wrong, while others fear retaliation from the abuser.

The reality is just the opposite:

  • Reporting someone to social services is nothing to fear. The individual you report will never know that you are the one who made the call.
  • Further, social services will not take any action against the person you report if they find no evidence of abuse or neglect. In fact, the report and the ensuing investigation will never become a part of the individual's record.
  • Likewise, social services will never remove a child from the home if your suspicions were incorrect.

On the other hand, if you are correct about the abuse, you could help save a child's life. So, don't fear. In this article, learn about what happens when it comes to reporting someone to social services, which includes the:

  • report
  • investigation
  • outcome
  • your identity
  • your liability

What Is Social Services?

Social services is an umbrella term that covers a range of federal, state, and local programs that oversee the welfare of individuals. This includes adult protective services, in-home support services, and more, in addition to child welfare services.

In most cases, when reporting suspected child abuse, you will call a hotline to make a report to the child welfare office in the county where the suspected abuse or neglect is occurring.

Filing a Social Services Report

  1. Connecting with a dispatcher: When you first contact social services, you will be connected with a dispatcher who is only trained in accepting reports. They will not be able to investigate the matter themselves nor provide you with any specific information. However, the dispatcher can tell you how the investigation will be conducted, what they usually do next, and what else you can do to help. However, they cannot share private information about the matter with you.
  2. Gathering contact information: The dispatcher will ask you for your name, your telephone number, and your location. If you would rather make an anonymous report, you can state as such or you can provide an alias or false name. However, regardless of the name you provide, you should provide a working telephone number—this will allow social services to contact you again if they need any additional information to help them investigate your report. If you absolutely cannot give your telephone number, then offer an e-mail address instead.
  3. Information about the abuse in question: After gathering your contact information, the dispatcher will then ask you about the abuse you want to report. They will ask you for the victim’s name, age, date of birth, and physical address. If you know where the victim goes to school or works, give this information as well. The dispatcher will then ask for the abuser’s name, age, address, place of work, and a physical description. If the parents are not the abusers, the dispatcher will also ask for the parents’ information.

Provide as much information as you can, even if you think what you know is irrelevant. The more information you offer, the better chance social services has to stop the abuser. Conversely, if you do not know much about the situation, then provide what little information you have. Social services will do their best to fill in the rest.

The Investigation

  1. Assigning a caseworker: After receiving your report, a caseworker will be assigned to investigate your suspicions. Most agencies investigate reports of child abuse and neglect within 24 to 72 hours (depending on state laws). However, this may vary depending on when you made the report, the severity of the abuse, and the individual agency's caseload.
  2. The caseworker's investigation: The caseworker will visit the victim's home first, and, if possible, speak with the victim alone. The caseworker may also conduct a walk-through of the victim's residence to ensure the child is receiving the proper care. Afterward, the caseworker will visit with and interview the alleged abuser and the parents if they are not one and the same.
  3. Imminent danger will be determined. If the caseworker believes the victim is in imminent danger and the victim is living with the abuser, the caseworker may remove the victim from the residence immediately. If the victim is a minor child, the child may be temporarily placed with other relatives or put into foster care until the investigation concludes. If no imminent danger is apparent, the caseworker will not do anything at that time.

The Outcome of an Investigation

After completing the initial investigation, the caseworker will discuss their findings with their superior, and the two will work together to decide if abuse is apparent and what should happen next. The caseworker may return for another, more thorough investigation if social services determine this is necessary.

If Social Services Believes There Is No Abuse

If social services determine that no abuse took place, nothing will happen to the family. The caseworker may visit once more for a quick interview, or they may not visit again at all. The family will then receive a letter clearing them from any wrongdoing, and social services will officially close the matter. The report and ensuing investigation will not become a part of the alleged abuser’s criminal record.

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If Social Services Believes There Is Abuse or Neglect

If social services believe that abuse or neglect did occur, then the agency will take steps to correct the situation.

  • In less severe cases, the caseworker may offer counseling, training, and other family support services to the abuser.
  • In more severe cases, the victim may be removed on a more long-term—but still temporary—basis until the abuser can demonstrate that they are fit to regain custody or guardianship again. Remember that the goal for social services is to keep families together, but they have a legal responsibility to protect children from neglect and abuse.
  • In the most critical cases, the abuser may be arrested and charged for the abuse, and the victim may be permanently removed from the abuser’s care. If this happens, the victim may be placed in long-term foster care, put under the guardianship of another relative, or placed for adoption.

Your Identity During a Social Services Investigation

  • Your identity will remain protected. No one other than social services will ever know you are the one who made the report. The dispatcher and the caseworker are the only ones who will likely know your name and will not release it to the abuser, the victim, or anyone else.
  • Your report will also be protected. Social services also won't divulge the contents of your report if they aren't required to by law (again, in rare circumstances, this will happen), so there is little possibility that anyone will be able to trace the report back to you. The only way anyone other than social services will know you made the report is if you tell them yourself.

Your Liability if You Make a Report

  • No liability if made in good faith: Regardless of the outcome, all 50 states exempt individuals who report abuse from any civil or criminal liability, even if your suspicions prove wrong, provided you made the report in good faith. This means that you truly believed that there was ongoing abuse, or you truly suspected that abuse might have occurred. You will never face criminal prosecution for reporting someone to social services because you were mistaken.
  • Liability possible if you had a malicious intent: However, if you knowingly make a false report to social services, particularly if you did so to harass or intimidate the accused, you could be charged with a crime. If you make numerous false reports, social services can release your name to the person you report, and that person can file a civil lawsuit against you for compensation. The key point here is that you knew you were making a false report, and you did so for a malicious reason.

Does Social Services Investigate Every Case?

Once a report is made, social services will decide whether or not to follow up on it. This is why it's extremely important to be as detailed as possible when filing a report. If a report is "screened out," no further investigation will take place. Here are the possible reasons why a report may be screened out:

  • There's not enough information to warrant an investigation.
  • Social services or the police believe the information is false or inaccurate.
  • The information provided doesn't meet the definition of child abuse or neglect.

As an example, the Los Angeles child abuse hotline alone averages one call every 2.4 minutes and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2017, between 30 and 35 percent of hotline calls of abuse were "screened in" or investigated.

When Should You Report Someone to Social Services?

If you witness a child in immediate danger or believe they are at risk of serious harm, call the police, who will be able to respond much quicker than social services.

You should call social services anytime you suspect abuse or neglect, even if you aren't completely sure. It's easy to second guess yourself and worry that your suspicions are wrong. However, remember that it's the agency's job to determine if a report should be investigated, not yours.

"An obvious example would be a child who is being physically abused by a violent caretaker. A not so obvious example could include a child with loving parents, but [who is] suffering from malnutrition or other health problems simply because the parents do not know anything about nutrition or the basics of healthcare," says Matt Pinsker, an attorney who has worked with social services on multiple cases.

Pinsker also says that people are sometimes hesitant to call because they are worried about breaking up a family or have had a bad run-in with the agency in the past.

Here are the federal guidelines for defining abuse and neglect according to Do Right by Kids:

  • Physical abuse: "Physical abuse occurs when a parent (or person legally responsible) commits a physical act (i.e., punching, beating, shaking, throwing, kicking, biting, burning) which causes serious physical injury to a child. Although the injury is not an accident, the parent or caretaker may not have intended to hurt the child."
  • Neglect: "Neglect occurs when a parent (or person legally responsible) fails to provide a minimum level of care by doing something that inflicts harm, allows harm to be inflicted, or creates an imminent danger of harm. The harm, however, does not result in the kind of serious physical injury that is defined as physical abuse."

However, it's worth mentioning that the guidelines for abuse can vary by state and aren't necessarily agreed upon by everyone. If you truly believe a child is being abused or neglected, it's better to err on the side of caution and call in the report.

What Is a Mandated Reporter?

Anyone can report someone to child services, but a mandated reporter is someone who, because of their profession, is required by law to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the relevant authorities.

Who is classified as a mandated reporter varies from state to state, but it usually includes:

  • social workers,
  • teachers,
  • police officers,
  • child care workers,
  • health care workers,
  • and mental health professionals.

However, some states legally require all citizens to report abuse or neglect.

If you are a mandated reporter who has reasonable suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected, it's important that you call social services.

Again, it's important to remember that laws vary by state, so you should always look into your state's laws if you have any questions or concerns about the process.

Here's the national hotline number to report any abuse. The site also links to a list of local numbers.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Lolo on August 21, 2020:

You ALL need to get off your duff and call the department of Child welfare. Stop commenting your sob stories in some rando blog! Your not helping children this way....

Masie on August 12, 2020:

I'm worried about my neighbour who is with social services already she's got someone living with her who has been in trouble with the police for violence and she puts her little girls to bed and leaves them on there own while she is going over to other people's homes to get drunk she lives at 14 Bridlington Avenue salford M6 8BP and she doesn't care who hears her screaming and shouting to her kids and the neighbours.

A worried neighbor on August 01, 2020:

I need help. My neighbor is a major threat to her children what do O do

Margaret Stuart on July 30, 2020:

I have just heard a very disturbing comment from a dad saying he was going to lock his son in his boot who is 9 years of age and will drive off and leave him there. He use violent language to him and through this time it is very very disturbing. Im so so worried about those children

Ommi on July 04, 2020:

Okay I heard screaming and yelling in the apartment upstairs combined with some crazy loud noises sounding like smashing and crashing I also know that they have a little infant in their household and i'm generally concerned and not sure what to do should i call the police?

Indya Harrod on June 17, 2020:

Stop posting peoples names on these comments. None of you can spell properly at all! Mind your own business' unless you can see or hear physical abuse and neglect. Most of you sound like you are just trying to get back at someone. Just shut up.

Shayna Wlikinson on June 17, 2020:

Shayna Wlikinson

66 flat Patrick Connolly garden E1 London

Betty on June 04, 2020:

I no a woman who leaves her child at her sick mothers and drunken grandads why she is on drink and drugs all weekend the grandmother house is not fit for kids to sleep inn

Sue Bailey on June 02, 2020:

I know of a family that is living in squalour and their children often witness domestic violence through drink and drugs. The children are 3 and 7 and are often locked in their bedroom. The mother is an alcoholic and both parents are habitual drug users with a drug supplier going to the house frequently, i would like advice on how to protect the children

Anonimas on May 23, 2020:

Hy guys i need help i have experience that my bby mama abuse me haw can i get help fast i will like to explyn evrything to the person who is wiling to help & open a case my nmr is 0733125740 coll me anytime if u will help me pls thanks

Justine on May 22, 2020:

My dad has taken my sister away and won’t let me or mum speak to her he is so cruel and I cry every night he has taken her to Brighton she will be scared why won’t he let me or mum speak to her I want her back her name

Is India and she lives near Bonchurch Road please find her

bob on May 13, 2020:

I want to remain annonimus , there is a girl with twins ,they are about 3 or 4 she isn't selfdisstancing them from other children or adults, she takes them to her elderly parents house. she aslo lets them play out with no underware on , sometimes its cold out, you don't know who is looking at these boys.

Bigjer28 on May 07, 2020:

Is it ok for my ex to allow her BF to take a shower w my 8yr old son and show him how to clean his behind? I don’t feel this is ok also she thinks it’s ok to keep kids from me on my time and says it’s due to I am on drugs? I am not but I feel this is due to other issues like money and what her BF wants I don’t know what to do please advise

Mike on April 17, 2020:

The mother of my child is on. Drugs in care of my boy wot should i do

No one on April 09, 2020:

My kids and i live with my parents. They try to control every aspect of my life. When my children go to their dads for the weekend, that's my free time to date hang out, ect. You would think anyway. They will lock me out. They have even kicked me out, and when i tridd leaving they threaten to call police. Any tkme i talk bout moving or may have found a place of my own, they havr something negative to sayor manipulate my kids into making us stay. THEY HAVE EVEN CALLED SOCIAL SERVICES ON ME and tried telling them my boyfriend at the time and i aredrug dealers! Its rediclious. Social services didnt find anything to be true but i kno my parents will do thid again cuz its happened a few times. Im disabled so i can not work. My therapist told me my parents are my biggest triggers for relapse. ( i am a former addict,) ...i don't know what tp do. And these arejust afew of the things they do...

Someone please give me advice!

Melanie Mohamed on March 26, 2020:

My grandchild is being neglected. Please help me.

Jennifer Gibbon on March 09, 2020:

Does anyone have the social services number as i need to ring them tomorrow thanks

anonymous on February 22, 2020:

Most of life I didn't understand why my mother behave in such an angry and hateful way. Until a few days ago I came to realize that I have a verbally abusive mother. I don't know what to do at this point, she continuously insults, screams at me(sometimes at my face too), gets mad at me for everything, I can never make her happy. Every time when the weekend comes, it feels like hell with her because she constantly abuses me emotionally, and I cry so many times, but she don't seem to care. She tells me "why are you crying?" like she doesn't care about my emotions. And I feel so hopeless, and lonely because I can't find a way to end this pain my own has caused in me for many years. I try everything but nothing seems to work. I'm currently 16 and I feel so much pain in my chest. My dad also gets this emotionally abuse as well and we just don't know what to do or how to end this abusiveness.

Nancy wright on February 09, 2020:

Regards to Steven Taylor who has crookedly put my info on his account taken out credit cards in my name And applied to his account he's applied for housing not for long appt cups dr.hilbert he will be in jail before that using Alberta works check his credit bureau has lots of credit cards he's a scammer date of birth dec 3 1953

parent on February 03, 2020:

I haven;t meet my child due to rude and uncooperative behavior of her mother but i tried to provide in terms of money and health insurance. also couldn't afford to live in same are where my x reside with her husband. after not seen more than 7 years they have alleged physical abuse neglect. how could it possible if someone couldn't see his or her child many years held alleged for physical abuse? is the physical abuse is same as not visiting his or her child? what is legal consequences to talk with social worker without any lawyer involved? do we need lawyer to talk to them or its just a general discussion?

Nicola on January 29, 2020:

have some concerning fortage of a mother putting a knife to her kneck also meantion that she has already got social services involved

Nicola on January 29, 2020:

have some concerning fortage of a mother putting a knife to her kneck also meantion that she has already got social services involved

Anonymous on January 28, 2020:

If these are legitimate issues, why are you people posting names and addresses in the comments. If abuse or danger to a child is real, make the call and make the report. Otherwise, stop abusing this system that already has issues. This overpowered corrupt system should be targeting and dealing with real issues of abuse and danger instead of situations like these posted in the comments that sound like efforts to get back at someone.

unknown on January 27, 2020:

My necice's has been emotionally and fiscally abused. has been dealing with it for 7 years by there own father. He calls them names the worst names and hits them most of the time never lets them do anything. cps and been in there live over and over not doing anything for 7 years, hes a drug head and only cares about drugs his girlfriend his Courtney miller a mom of 8 kids wit different dads and the girls dad is terry woodruff please help them. 308 eastern ave sunman Indiana Cps only makes things worse by telling him everytime they talk to them there on his side please help if u can.

helen sobiesh on January 18, 2020:

you ruined me by my nieces lies that I am a abuser because I would not pay for my sisters funeral youfucjers

La on November 10, 2019:

All you idiots know you can’t report abuse in the comments! Y’all are throwing names and address out like it’s candy. What if a weirdo comes threw and picks up a kid how would y’all feel then.

FC on October 21, 2019:

I’m sure some people get into this business for the right reasons. However, there are bad apples in social services who misuse they’re powers dangerously stripping, ripping destroying families and they’re constitutional rights.This type abuse of power ought have accountabilities but it doesn’t! Way to much power!

helen sobiesh on October 04, 2019:

a lie ruined just loved spying on me huh!!!!! f U

Tara on October 03, 2019:

Michael french onion s mentally emotionally and refuses to let me have food I'm 43 and I'm bein refused food

L on September 25, 2019:

Going back about 8 years ago I reported my girlfriend (anonymously) to social services, for not looking after her son properly (13 at the time). They worked pretty quickly to be honest after a few visits they applied for a care order and took him into foster care

AA on September 08, 2019:

Just so everyone is well-informed and not naive, if a parent makes even a minor mistake where no one was injured (in my husband's case, leaving our child alone for a few minutes (more than 5, less than 25)- they can twist anything into "negligent lack of supervision"), social services enters your name into a child abuse registry. That's correct, people who refuse to be helicopter parents are added without a second thought to the same registry as parents who regularly beat their children. Even if the decision is appealed (my husband's was expunged within 3 months), there are lifelong consequences such as the parents never being allowed to adopt (we were in the process of adopting and had already paid $13000- our agency dropped us even though the finding was expunged) or foster children or to work in any kind of school setting. My husband and I are both civil servants and have never been in any sort of trouble at all. We love our daughter dearly and have never done anything the least bit abusive. Just being touched by social services imparts a social stigma and creates collateral punishments for the family regardless of the validity or severity of the charge. It was incredibly traumatic to have them digging around in our cabinets and refrigerator -it felt like a psychological rape (Side note, the charge had nothing to do with our home). So please think twice about calling social services. Make sure a child is actually in danger and you are not just being sanctimonious about parents making a different decision than you would. And if you feel like you could refer the family to any resources or provide education yourself rather than calling social services, that would be the truly neighborly thing to do. Once you make the call, a family's life is ruined. Signed, a mandatory reporter who has now been investigated and will never call again unless the abuse is blatant.

NIcola hall on September 03, 2019:

There is a woman who lives in 2 pasture road catford .she hads a little girl shd is 4 years old she be 5 .on sunday 8 sept ...she dies Not not go to school ..and the Mum smokes weed to

Raelea Phillips on August 22, 2019:

I called the abuse hotline February 2019 after many years of watching and listening to my sister and her husband emotionally, psychologically, and physically abuse their children. Once the investigation was underway my sister asked me if I knew anything about the “allegation of abuse” and since i do not lie i said yes. Now, the investigation is closed and both parents have been cleared. They are now separated but still living together. Both parents are total narcissists; obsessing over their new relationships and putting their new flings before their own children. I know the emotional and psychological abuse is continuing. And i am the one being punished by not getting to see my niece and nephew alone. I have to be supervised by one of the parents! Yes, i am being punished but worse yet is this hurts those children! I was my niece’s nanny her first 2 years of life. We are very close. I love my niece and nephew more than anyone in the world and they are still suffering in a toxic, codependent, narcissistic, OCD environment. My sister’s husband lacks empathy completely. My sister and i both grew up with emotionally abusive parents. She sees a therapist as does her husband but like typical narcissists they lie to their therapists. Both are needy and addicted to attention and when they do not get the enabling and attention they seek they lash out. I am at a loss. I love my niece and nephew so much but need to remove these toxic people from my life including my parents who have been idly standing by and turning a blind eye to their own daughter’s behavior! My family are all sick and i do not know what to do. Lastly, my sister started to tell me that she actually SAW the written version of my report to the abuse hotline! I do not know if this is a fishing expedition or if she did see something that is supposed to he confidential! What do i do?

Truth on August 13, 2019:

This is what happens when ypu report child neglect. Your name doesnt remain a secret. The child doesnt get help infact the child gets worse treatment. Social just observe and do not help tge kiddy. In mean time your life gets threated and destroyed all for nothing because these bad evil infact parents carry on being bad parents. No one helps these neglected and battered kids noone

Anonymous on August 05, 2019:

My sister is mentally ill and neglects her 2 kid and prefers to take care of her boyfriend in jail than her kids and if anyone tells her anything about her and her kids she ends up finding a way to hurt everyone like almost killing herself with her kids , like a car crash, she tends to blackmail everyone if she doesn't get her way.please help

Shayna Shafer on July 09, 2019:

This woman has two children she sleeps all day and doesn't pay attention to them at all when she wakes up and she's tired of them she just sends them across the street to her grandparents house and nobody's watching his three-year-old cross the road by himself happens almost on a daily basis she lets her baby just cry and cry and cry because she's so knocked out on medication

Anon on June 30, 2019:

10 hawthorn road hoddesdon.

Multiple accounts of neglect . Mother and carer out all hours enjoying herself. Then when social come round she gives a sob story of her hard life . When realky she leaves her kids else where and is down the pub like o sheas the albert and the marriot . Kt08bgz yeaa shes on benfits but shes got more cash than the normal working family. Shes revolting and im disgusted that shws getting away with it.

Unknown on June 16, 2019:

What should i do if i know this lady that leaves her kids with everyone days at a time and that she is on methamphetamine.

Naomi on June 08, 2019:

Theres 6 kids living in 2 bedroom apartment.

The kids are violent. Constant animal abuse.

They stay out at all hours unsupervised.

Roam with older aged kids.

Public destruction

Foul language and gestures.

Up too assaulting the younger kids.

Im at a loss at what to do

G on May 28, 2019:

14 pilchard Avenue fair oak Eastleigh Hampshire s0 50 8ge

Carly brooks is an unfit mother she is always out at the pub or stays away for days on end!

Her partner that isn’t ment to living there but is! Is a drug addict she leaves the kids with him while she goes out

Her eldest daughter does not want to be around her as she is never around when she is she don’t want her there!!

D on May 27, 2019:

Jessics rooney

4 king Edwards way

Unfit mother


Boyfriend no good

Life bad

House bad

Mothering bad

Does it matter on May 06, 2019:

I was reading this whats wrong with everybody , mind your bussiness , pray and help everyone instead pointing fingers , shame on you, you will judged one day, it seems like everyone thinks there perfect, im full of sins , im filthy , Jesus knows, i pray for help, stop being ugly ,God Bless

Does it matter on May 06, 2019:

I was reading this whats wrong with everybody , mind your bussiness , pray and help everyone instead pointing fingers , shame on you, you will judged one day, it seems like everyone thinks there perfect, im full of sins , im filthy , Jesus knows, i pray for help, stop being ugly ,God Bless

N/A on April 29, 2019:

I know someone who chocked his daughter because he was mad. That person also threw a knife at his wife, what should I do?

Unknown on April 28, 2019:

I want to report a woman who lives at 1 Checquers road Tharston NR15 2YA. She has children living with her and is doing drugs conatantly. Poor children

Anomaly on April 21, 2019:

I know a friend who lives next to a lad who since his girlfriend died he has his son, and his son kicks off saying he hates his dad and blames his dad for killing his mam and threatens to kill himself etc... the dad he found love again but ended after 3yrs but now the dad has took to drinking and leaves his son in the house while he goes to the bar, and his g/parents have to go down and talk the the son and explain he can’t keep doing this but it’s falling on deaf ears as he is still doing it, so I have no choice but to report him to social services

L. O'Sullivan on April 02, 2019:

Im concerned because my neighbour's who lives above me, their children are running around since they get in from school until 10 o'clock of an evening and most times until 11 o'clock on a week day, making loads of noise, screaming and banging, i live in a new build my neighbour's have been warned by the housing, i am concerned because the noise continues, I've lived here 12 years and have never complained before, i though it is my duty to complain thank you.

Concerned on March 01, 2019:

Why would you take a child away from their mam. And give the father custody without checking his situation. So in doing that you have caused so much upset in a family as the little child that the father is in a relationship has made sure no one can see the child even speak to her on the phone.

That poor child is been brain washed into not wanting to even see grand parents or even her mammy.

IDontPlay on February 25, 2019:

If you don’t report anonymously, the person you called on can definitely find out! It has happened to me. ALWAYS report anonymously if you believe there will be retaliation, or if you don’t want them to find out so you can continue to report neglect or whatever the case may be with the child.

Unknown on February 25, 2019:

I would like to report a woman from 13 fairbrook drive, biston, birkenhead, wirral leavin her k8ds with family all the timeneed lookin into now

VerySadPerson on February 23, 2019:

So today I had family members over to help clean out my living room due to my wifes death from cancer. During the last two years of my wifes life the upkeep of my home had diminished. Some electric sockets had burned out and the small bathroom had some electrical issues but working Toilet. My other bathroom had no toilet but a bathtub which was cracked and you to stand on the sides of it so you didnt crack it more.

Money had been allocated and my church had volunteered to help and we were planning to replace the bathtub in the small bathroom and destroy the old big bathroom tub and toilet and covert it to an office. These things had been put on hold for 2 weeks so that We could deal with preperations for wifes funeral and families. Here is where it gets surreal.

Brother in law and sister are Physchobabblers by profession.. Brother is Cop and Nease is social worker. I was told I was to be immediatly reported to DSS for danger to my 17 year old daughter. I was in shock as everything was in place to be fixed. No harm has ever taken place to my daughter in the house at any time. Nobody has ever been harmed there was no abuse and we had options for shower at a gym at school or grandmas house if need be.

I was horrifed as here on my day that was supposed to be my last day with supporting family turned into a kangaroo court and my sister and brother in law sat on the call and made leading statements seeming to try to get me into worse trouble while I had to counteract them and explain things..

WTF is wrong with this world. I was told that if they don't report immediatly they could lose there license. WHAT. Nobody knew what was going on with the house and there were no reports. No complains and i was neither abusing or being neglectful of my child. They were so scared the Father russia or the KGB variant would find out of there non report and immedialty lose their state license.

They came to help but in the long run shattered any trust I had in them.. There was not even a good question of what could be done or think things through NO WE HAVE TO REPORT. Now my nease and brother took off " to get coffee" meaning they were avoiding the situation. Then they leave and its ALL i love you blah blah blah. There were clueless to what they had done and were all smug and smiley faced. I was so mad I kicked them all out and at this point not sure I ever want to talk to them again. When I told them to leave my Sister kept on asking if I was going to hurt myself or commit SUICIDE. WTH is going on out there is it just me or has the world gone mad?

Laura Fetner on February 15, 2019:

1. They have no investigative skills and there is no investigation. They approach you with the ludicrous information received during the vendetta call and have you gather information for them. The main element is a drug test and if you smoke marijuana your kids are taken. There is no such thing as a CPS "Investigation".

2. Caseworkers ARE NOT social workers as they only have batchelor's degrees and are not qualified to attest to danger, although they're given full range to do so.

3. Determination by the agency means decisions are made at the state level depending on the numbers they need (they must take so many children to justify their existence). No decisions are made by anyone in a county office.

4. There is no liability for malicious intent that is imposed on anyone I've seen. People can call repeatedly with false accusations and the calls are welcomed, responded to and no action is ever taken against a false reporter.

Sonja Benton on February 11, 2019:

I have be a bass I need help

siviwe on February 05, 2019:

can someone leave a 6months old baby with 10 year old child for the whole night

no one on February 05, 2019:

children x4 living with drug users for parents something needs to be done!!!!!

Don’t want too say on January 28, 2019:

1555 southern villas apt 11 there use of drugs in the house around a child and the mother is scared of the boyfriend so she don’t say nothing

Stanika Lang on January 27, 2019:

The person in the house with me use drugs. I’m very scared of him I want him out my house he use drugs around my child and all.

Dnt wanna say on January 24, 2019:

I believe there is use of drugs in a house which is also occupide by a child the house hold maybe good but behind closed doors i just dont know any house with kids and drugs combined is very unhealthy 332 carlton road barnsley s71 2bq

The Serpent moved to Eden on January 21, 2019:

It's been 4 years of Hell since the Serpent moved into the neighborhood with 3 adopted children they obviously care nothing for except for their free monthly check additional for disabled children. 4 year old walks out of a hedge in front of my car and I almost hit him then their 8 year old comes flying out of the driveway on his bicycle panics and almost runs into my car verbal abuse etc Now we have the Serpent telling his lies and have experienced retaliation.

Once they turn of age theyll kick them to the curb if they dont escape first then commit the same learned manipulative sinning behavior they learned on our taxes.

Some people are not meant to have children for a reason.

Adam Skilton on January 19, 2019:

The child will punish society later long after the Marxist feminist social workers have moved on to the next target. Kicking the bucket down the road. Trust me I KNOW!

odette coe on December 30, 2018:

how do you stop someone that keeps reporting people by lying. to dept of children and family services or social services

Claire smith on December 08, 2018:

I’m angry a man n woman out my back are walking around so drunk they can’t stand only fall daily they shout n smack there 14 yr old daughter so she asks to stay at mine most nights but social services came out last month done few checks and decided to leave it now .im so angry the police have been called 3 times this month due to them not been able to look after them self’s is there anything I can do to get this girl help , I’m totally shocked they’d decide to leave it after police removing there daughter 3 times this month n bringing her to mine as they were so badly drunk

Suzzie on December 04, 2018:

That advert . If see abuse and neglect report it. Please dont it puts the life of us kids in danger plus yours. You get named and all social is run to my parents and tell them it does stop it just gets worse. There is no help for the likes of me theres just more beatings your not saving me. Your just making my parents aware that i know what they do is wrong. It doesnt stop it get worse. The only way to escape it is to run away

Scarlett 1983 on November 21, 2018:

Speaking as a Paralegal, I'm hearing the word ''abuse'' getting tossed about, although I'm not hearing the word ''allegged'' ulilized...

Truth on November 18, 2018:

Ill tell you what happens when you report someone to social. Nothing! No protection for no child sweet fa help for the child. They are still left to suffer. Oh i forgot one thing does happen social put your life at risk they do anything to shut you up anything they dont want to know the truth

Alyssa on October 21, 2018:

When I told my mom I wanted to kill my self she told me not to say that and that if I said it again they would put me on a mental hospital? Can I call child services for that

Mazir hussain on October 18, 2018:

Nikki smith Mary black well take kids away from thay loved one and are racist. It so sad no is there for u in this dark world . I hope there is some out there to help kids.

Pomfrit on October 18, 2018:

I may as well add this name for neglecting to take any notice of any neglect and abuse towards kids and not lifting a finger to help them

Jane Parfrement another bad social worker

Pomfrit on October 14, 2018:

Another bad um. Amanda Stafford Wood

Pomfrit on October 11, 2018:

Jody Tuck is the worst social worker in the east Midlands.

Joe doe on October 09, 2018:

Social dont care . They really really dont. My nieces and nephew's are neglected abused social are in and out they don't change a thing fir these kids. Ive helped them feed them sent food parcels clothed them been to social and asked what carnt they see. To be told i should feed the kids should help them shouldnt pass them clothes or anything i should leave them. Are the cps real its like the cps want them to die. I cannot believe this country that today in 2018 we neglect to care for tge children that are brought up in bad families that we leave them to suffer. Its disgusting!!!

Jane Doe on October 03, 2018:

I would like to report a woman that is addicted to drugs. And has been for 15 years. She stays high and messed up most of the time. She has 5 children. Five different fathers. 4 live with her. The youngest is 7 yrs old. The oldest living with her is 16. She has been reported several times. CPS is well aware of who she is. She steals, has men in and out of her house regularly (sexual favors to pay for the drugs), leaves the kids at home alone, doesn't work, lives on food stamps and men to pay her bills. Was arrested for theft last year. I feel so sorry for the kids. Why won't someone help them get out of this nightmare? Grandparents are not any help. FEAR: Our information will be given out to the woman we are reporting. She will retaliate.

Poppy on September 21, 2018:

Right so I’m homeschooled and I can only. Go there every other day but I have no were to go for 2 day and over the weekend while my dad is working and now I have to it outside it the rain and cold as she won’t let me in the house while my dad takes my sister or brothers out and she is always making me upset so what can u do about that.

OhioShorty40 on September 18, 2018:

I don't have anything to report I have a major question, so I am being accused of calling children services on someone and I truly didn't my question is whoever called them if they told them they was me is that illegal and what can I do about it?

Christina on September 18, 2018:

I have a very important question I am being accused of calling children services on someone when I did no such thing well my question of someone called children services and said they were me is that illegal?

Truth on September 17, 2018:

I want to report that social services threathen me for telling the truth. For telling them a child is being neglected and abused in derbyshire. They just dont want to know so threaten me to shut me up.

Stephen on September 16, 2018:

I wanna retract my last comment completely.....i was wrong....just was in a bad way last night ---- very sorry

Stephen on September 15, 2018:

I wanna report a Joanne Sanderson - she lives at 10 Garnet Street, Barrowford, BB9 8PA.

Every weekend she leaves her 15 yr old son to look after her 8 year old daughter. While she goes out on a bender.

And, tonight - she is doing it again - dropping them off after a party and going on the piss - she prob will stagger in about 5 am again

Antonia on September 13, 2018:

I want to report I know my cusin is still getting high and drinking and her boy friend and there kids and beating there uas and I don't like tht I am sober 4 years

ConcernedNeighbor on September 12, 2018:

I have a video of my neighbor throwing a haymaker punch at his babies mom while she was standing outside holding their child. Then the video depicts the neighbor breaking the window of the apartment and enter into the appartment via the window as he terrorizes whoever is inside. You can hear kids crying and people yelling. I didn't report because I feared retaliation since he seen me recording him that night.

Heather eakin on September 11, 2018:

The lady downstairs threatened me in front of my daughter about a week ago and she also threatened my x when he was leaving here from dropping money off for our daughter for school ...the police also came looking for her too # 604 410 2121

Juan on September 05, 2018:

I made a report couple weeks ago , they released all my information to the people I made the report about

Keira on August 29, 2018:

My mum

Told me to get out the house and that she hated me! I’m only 12

Kelly on August 21, 2018:

My boyfriend leave his kids with Nanny and he was left home for his contract... Now he got in trouble with his Contract and he is not at home and He know his kids with Nanny unhappy, she is mistreating them and her daughter on drugs... He want to go her home and get his kids but Nanny do not given her address for me to come... His kids are sick, body hot and shakes at night What should I do??

naveah trujillo on August 16, 2018:

my sister hit me for talking back.

lourdes on August 12, 2018:

Found out that a child named victor Solis, has been sexually abused a a neighbor who his mother takes down there to him to trade of for metha, a well known drug in Yuma at.

Mother name is Lupita Solis Rodriguez,

all I know is that she lives on somerton ave. she can found found thru Yuma AZ, access and nutrition services.

Amy julian on August 11, 2018:

Yes, i supposedly made a report on a ex friend of the family and I reported something that i dont know of and my name and information was used by said person. I reside i. Clay cty Indiana and supposedly my neighbor has certain people in the dcs system that provides her with information and reports that she has no clearance for knowing what happened. Can someone please explain to me why I have been done this way.

Who am I to want.. on July 14, 2018:

I want to be an olympic swimmer daddy says no. I dont want to eat peter rabbit thats hanging in the entery but daddy says if i dont i cannot eat tomorrow. I want to wear clean pretty clothes and not have to rummage through the dirty washing pile.

I want to be hugged when im ill but theres no one that loves me here. I want my long hair back but they chopped it off.

I want to live with my nan but no one will let me and they just make it so i cannot see her.

Nan love you

Saffy on July 13, 2018:

Love you baby girl. I spent 9 nine months chasing and trying to find protection for you. I tired to help you help get you safe but everyone kept slsmming me into brick walls. Cps named me so i cannot see you. I just hope and pray you make it to a fine young lady. Im not giving up just no ones interested.

Love ypu baby girl.


A lost soul on July 11, 2018:

Where is this protection for children.

I stepped forward thinking i was helping a child. I got named and this social worker has riuned my life and i have Jody Tuck to thank for that. The children are still neglected

Ninja on July 10, 2018:

Don't bother reporting anything to social. Truth you get named for report.

Worse than that child doesn't get helped the he/she still suffers. If your family social and parents destroy your relationship within family. Intruth social just want you to shut up and panda to parents and turn a blind eye if you dont shut up. Social help parents get an injunction against you. No organisation will help no one will help you help the child. I have learnt the hard way Its just all bs.

mervyn stoladay on July 06, 2018:

i received some paperwork from 4 years ago in it social services named me as a known schedule 1 abuser.i can say with all honesty. that i have never been visited by anyone from social services ,never been questioned ,arrested ,charged or convicted of any thing of this nature .first i knew of this was 3 weeks do i go about setting things right to clearmy name

Merrywinter on July 02, 2018:

Oh ps. If your meeting gets cancelled 30mins before it should start het in the phone straight away and push for another meeting. I've been there just about to set off for phone to ring 30mins before to cancel meeting.

Good luck

Merrywinter on July 02, 2018:


Oh I'm so sorry. I do know how you feel. I wish you all the best and hope you have better look than I do. Be strong because it takes strength

We too have similar problems I think. It's been 2 years since social 1st knocked on my door and the kids has suffered no end on there watch.Record your meeting because you may be told more lies keep track of everything keep on there backs. I don't know of anything else to tell you. Just I do know I'm not getting anywhere . Don't give up i know when people say that they never show you where to go for help and because it's not happening to them they don't really know what your going through but keep trying your not on your own. if you know of anyone that helps pass them on duck.

G Lawrence on July 01, 2018:

Merrywinter,its my baby great granddaughter that's being kept by her father I'm 100% certain that he is the one that made the call but my granddaughter has put the blame at someone else's door which has resulted in a family fall out,he took her on the day of her 1st birthday for an overnight stay and we have not been able to see her since he has lied to the social services about my g/daughter but he is a charmer and they are so stupid and scared of making a mistake in the wrong direction they are being total idiotic,there is a meeting soon and I will be making sure they know he's not the whiter than white person he professes to granddaughter is destroyed by his actions when she has been compliant with his access since they parted.

Merrywinter on July 01, 2018:


I feel for you if you are innocent. I agree with you social workers do lie they cover their backs. But where you have been wrongly accused I have been protecting my granddaughter from the worst before social stepped in. The worst has happened to the child since they have been involved and I cannot be there to protect her from the things that nightmares are made of. Her parents are not innocent like you say you are and social just don't care if I could turn the clock back 2 years to the day the social knocked on my door I would id of said nothing.She'd still have me protecting her now she has noone and no one cares so no I don't think reportee should be named. My life has been torn apart by real neglect parents and knowing the child is made to suffer so o much is destroying what is left of me.

If you are innocent fight to get your kids back fight back

G Lawrence on June 30, 2018:

The accuser should be named in some circumstances,my family has been torn apart because of someone putting in a report,the accused has blamed an innocent family member and everything is now a mess I believe that the person responsible has done it for personal gain because that person now has taken the child and is playing happy families with a new girlfriend,my family members is not a threat to her children and I am disgusted with the way the social services are dealing with it,they are only worried about covering their own backside so making bad decisions because they are scared of making a mistake if I thought that the children were in danger I'd be the first one to say so.

Merrywinter on June 29, 2018:

If you know of a child that suffers neglect and abuse does anyone out there know of anyone that can help.

My granddaughter suffers so far no one has helped her not even social she still suffering. They call the cps baby snatched well my granddaughter would be better off being snatched. Anyone know of anyone that can help. Grateful for any advise

Leanne on June 29, 2018:

Hi I reported my sister for neglect and abuse towards her children. I got named to parents that I reported them my life has been a nightmare ever since. The children still suffer and the social are working with parents but who's protecting the kids? They cannot come to me anymore as I've been threatened by parents so this neglect and abuse still goes on. Anyone when asked a question do you neglect your kids can give a lie to get social off their backs. But no one is protecting these kids. I could give you a long list of all neglectfull and abusive acts that happened I can produce a old social report but what's point. I have never found anyone to help save them and in meantime I suffer any threats. So my advice to anyone going to social to report neglect abuse from 1st experience there is no one who cares enough to help you beside hitting thousands of brick walls non helpers you lose contact with your nephews nieces and you are regularly threaten. You might love these children or feel it is wrong but believe me there will only be you who knows and sees this everyone else turns the other way.

Concerned on June 28, 2018:

What would you do if you know a baby of few months old is being dragged out in the car late late at night/early morning to terrorise the baby’s dads mother. That baby’s dads mother has diabetes and passes out and will lose eye sight soon where the baby’s parents are threatening to set the baby’s mother’s house on fire with the baby’s dads mother inside. The baby is being dragged through all this by being taken from it’s cot and taken into the night to threaten the baby’s parents parent. The police have been contacted and nothing has been done the police say they can NOT do anything until they do something so basically the baby’s dads mother could be dead by them before the police take action and the poor mess the baby is being dragged through is having nothing done by police either


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