What Happens When You Report Someone to Social Services?

Updated on April 17, 2018
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Reporting Someone to Social Services

Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 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

Disclaimer

This article is meant to give you a detailed look at what happens after you report someone to social services. However, please remember that laws vary state to state, so it's important to look into your state's laws.

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 Social Services 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. Afterwards, the caseworker will visit with and interview the alleged abuser and the parents if they are not one in 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 a Social Services Investigation

  1. A determination by the agency: 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.
  2. If social services believe 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.
  3. If social services believe there is abuse: If social services believe that abuse 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 longterm—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 Social Services 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, 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.

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        Shayna Shafer 

        6 days ago

        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

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        Anon 

        2 weeks ago

        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.

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        Unknown 

        4 weeks ago

        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.

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        Naomi 

        5 weeks ago

        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

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        6 weeks ago

        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!!

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        7 weeks ago

        Jessics rooney

        4 king Edwards way

        Unfit mother

        Abuses

        Boyfriend no good

        Life bad

        House bad

        Mothering bad

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        Does it matter 

        2 months ago

        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

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        Does it matter 

        2 months ago

        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

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        N/A 

        2 months ago

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

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        Unknown 

        2 months ago

        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

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        Anomaly 

        2 months ago

        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

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        L. O'Sullivan 

        3 months ago

        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.

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        Concerned 

        4 months ago

        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.

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        IDontPlay 

        4 months ago

        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.

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        Unknown 

        4 months ago

        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

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        VerySadPerson 

        4 months ago

        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?

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        Laura Fetner 

        4 months ago

        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.

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        Sonja Benton 

        5 months ago

        I have be a bass I need help

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        siviwe 

        5 months ago

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

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        no one 

        5 months ago

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

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        Don’t want too say 

        5 months ago

        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

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        Stanika Lang 

        5 months ago

        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.

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        Dnt wanna say 

        5 months ago

        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

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        The Serpent moved to Eden 

        5 months ago

        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.

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        Adam Skilton 

        5 months ago

        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!

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        odette coe 

        6 months ago

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

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        Claire smith 

        7 months ago

        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

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        Suzzie 

        7 months ago

        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

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        Scarlett 1983 

        7 months ago

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

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        Truth 

        7 months ago

        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

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        Alyssa 

        8 months ago

        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

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        Mazir hussain 

        9 months ago

        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.

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        Pomfrit 

        9 months ago

        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

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        Pomfrit 

        9 months ago

        Another bad um. Amanda Stafford Wood

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        Pomfrit 

        9 months ago

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

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        Joe doe 

        9 months ago

        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!!!

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        Jane Doe 

        9 months ago

        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.

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        Poppy 

        9 months ago

        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.

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        OhioShorty40 

        9 months ago

        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?

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        Christina 

        10 months ago

        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?

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        Truth 

        10 months ago

        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.

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        Stephen 

        10 months ago

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

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        Stephen 

        10 months ago

        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

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        Antonia 

        10 months ago

        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

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        ConcernedNeighbor 

        10 months ago

        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.

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        Heather eakin 

        10 months ago

        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 ...my # 604 410 2121

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        Juan 

        10 months ago

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

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        Keira 

        10 months ago

        My mum

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

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        Kelly 

        10 months ago

        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??

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        naveah trujillo 

        11 months ago

        my sister hit me for talking back.

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        lourdes 

        11 months ago

        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.

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        Amy julian 

        11 months ago

        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.

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        Who am I to want.. 

        12 months ago

        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

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        Saffy 

        12 months ago

        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.

        Aunt

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        A lost soul 

        12 months ago

        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

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        Ninja 

        12 months ago

        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.

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        mervyn stoladay 

        12 months ago

        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 ago..how do i go about setting things right to clearmy name

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        Merrywinter 

        12 months ago

        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

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        Merrywinter 

        12 months ago

        Laurence.

        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.

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        G Lawrence 

        12 months ago

        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 be.my granddaughter is destroyed by his actions when she has been compliant with his access since they parted.

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        Merrywinter 

        12 months ago

        Laurence.

        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

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        G Lawrence 

        12 months ago

        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.

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        Merrywinter 

        12 months ago

        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

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        Leanne 

        12 months ago

        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.

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        Concerned 

        12 months ago

        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

        HELP

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        Lisa smedley 

        12 months ago

        Hi I reported someone to social services for neglect and violation towards a child. I thought I was helping to protect the child. I got named to parents and have never been allowed to see the child again. This child is related to me.

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        No name 

        13 months ago

        Should a person who is suffering from anxiety depression and depression look after a three month old baby.she isn't taking her medication and is drinking alcohol.

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        Confused 

        13 months ago

        Does anyone even answer these questions?

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        Stranger 

        13 months ago

        My neighbor is has a son named jj and she is always taking her son to the hospital claiming he has bad migraines so that they can prescribe him pain medicine and she can take them she is so addicted to them and is always so drugged up! She even drives her vehicle with him in it like that! She has even taken him out of school because she claims he has all these doctors appointments. I don't know what to do someone please help

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        Anonymous 

        14 months ago

        My neighbour has two children under 5 years old.

        She makes my life a misery with loud music and car blocking my drive.

        She is always high when these incidents occur.

        Despite telling the council and police, nothing is done.

        So where is the so-called protection for children?

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        Concern 

        14 months ago

        This girl name Ashley on Oakland Drive verbally and physical her child I witnessed this the home she lived in was a mess had a trailer with trash piled up high from front to back the lil baby was eating off the ground Ashley did nothing this home was a mess I have pictures I called CPS by the time they came out she had cleaned the yard and tooj all the trash off but I have proof so what can CPS do now Ashley has moved from her mom home which was nasty to keep CPS from seeing the mess what's next

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        Darlene J Mahoney 

        14 months ago

        We have called cps for are grandson and can not get any help from cps they are a joke we though they are here to protect the child harm. And are grandson is not in a very good. With living with his dad full time and his dad mom, dad, and the lawyers are ajoke to. He had to wear a small coat all winter that is a size five and small shoe and he is seven. And he has been back in pulls sent Jan. Of this year now why would a child do that. And seem to think that he is being sexley abuse by some one in that home. His dad is a ex sex offender we went to court back 2014 and gave the Child to the dad now why would they so that is be on me and my hubby and my whole family know that are grandson is not in a good place. And it goes on from there. But this all I am going to put down for now.

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        Anonymous 

        14 months ago

        Oknsonhere is what I am gathering I can call cps and report someone for drugs or what ever even if they don't do it and the party I report will be investigated because I said something true or not and that person will never know it was me. Yea that is not to good of a idea yall there are laws against slander and that is exactly what it would be if someone reported someone for drugabuse and they didn't do it just saying yall never had this happen to me but I have a friend that is going through this and has a job that drug tests on a regular basis .But the person lied about it can just do it again in 6-8months

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        Cherry Smith 

        14 months ago

        I have a neighbor never home for weeks she has 4 kids the 13&15 year old don't watch the other little kids 11&5 because they want to play the 11&5 year old stay out side until 12-1 at night,I have filed complaints over 5 times with social services nothing done the police comes to her place once a week how do her kids eat the neighborhood clothes the kids and feed them Tameka Witherspoon is her name she lives on Cameron drive Dundalk md

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        Kit 

        14 months ago

        I know someone doing drugs in front of their kids what should I do?

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        Amy 

        14 months ago

        my sister is 17 years old and she treats my mum really bad . What should I do?

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        jane more 

        14 months ago

        i have seen a (mother) pulling and shouting at her kids going to school on more than one occasion its been witnessed by more than just myself the family are known to soical serves and have a long list of drug takeing acohol all four daughters have had there kids taken off them except the mother who is the main nasty one witnessed her name is yvonne mcmahon (was innes harrogate you really need to pay her a vist asap!

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        Worried 

        15 months ago

        If I know of a child that is living with a child preater show I report it

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        Carwyn 

        15 months ago

        My family keeps intervening with my life and I have told them this is my house not yours and I walk out and apparently they can report me

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        Robin 

        16 months ago

        I have had a social worker since late fall 2008 (i was 14), due to abuse...I lost her card, days or weeks later..I think I remember her name, but I don't know her age or if she is still a social worker...

        how would I be able to contact her? I am not angry nor disappointed with her or CPS. I live in California. I have moved from the county that she works in another county, just north of it.

        I am now 24 years old and looking to let her know that I am not angry with her, that I am at peace with what happened, even though the abuse is still ongoing. (mostly mental/emotional/psychological)

        Thank you!

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        zarina michaels 

        16 months ago

        Hi i have been in the system for most of my life and was wondering who reported my parents and would i be able to find out the name or would it still be confidential?

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        Sandra 

        16 months ago

        help someone's trying to hurt me what do i do

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        JASON 

        16 months ago

        Would you call if you knew that your ex was letting your daugther smoke pot and had a recording of it.

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        Anonymous 

        16 months ago

        Who would I contact if I feel that a child abuse case was not handled properly by the case worker

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        Anonymous 

        16 months ago

        Hi could u let me know if my social services reports from 13 years ago be shown to my ex partners girlfriend could u please let me now because she is saying she have read them all they have only been together for 2 years many thanks.

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        katie curic 

        17 months ago

        kila manila you are absolutally right about that my friend is spending 5 years in prison for making false statements to cps and other state agencies because her neighbor royaly pissed her off and she thought she would get even with the person after the investigations were done they had sherrifs come to her house and arrest her for making false reports and they released her name to the neighbor which then sued her for a whopping 300 grand which she doesnt even have!

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        kilamanila 

        17 months ago

        if you report someone to cps and have a neighbor conflict going on and use the government by means to maliciously harras a family by way of threatening to take their children out of the home can go to jail for wasting tax payer resources and filing a false report you may o be sued by the person you turned into cps for damages

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        Annoymous 

        17 months ago

        My daughter ex mother in law called cps they interviewed my grandson at school n we didn't know tell cps called n told my daughter they did n they was guna call back to schedule to speak to her...but when the incident happen cps came that same day...can ya tell me if everything guna be ok...

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        Bill 

        18 months ago

        I was harrassed by someone in my neighborhood and they used DCS as a scare tactic. I am single and have no children, and yet they had a social worker come to my house. The reporter was smart in that they reported it by mailing an anonymous letter so they could not be traced at all. I have no idea who detests me this much to go to this type of effort. But the police are on MY side and notified DCS that they were duped by the reporter.

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        vinny 

        18 months ago

        I currently have a guy harassing my family by making false reports to DCS and there seems to be nothing that can be done about it. The funny thing is, the guy did help me get free child care for a year!

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        Mary 

        18 months ago

        Don't bother with CSP - they have ignored facts, physical marks, phone calls , blatant sexualized behavior and comments from a 3 year old.. now 5. Developmentally delayed , unable to " tell " the courts , crisis center stated there was no abuse. Just unknown?!

        CPS refuses to see child in ER now when brought to be checked for Mark's , concerned family labeled overzealous.

        The child repeatedly placed in harm's way lives w mom/ husband abused teens in 1 bedroom apt. Exposed to guns, drugs illegal , illicit activity And that is of NO concern to CPS or the court ...

        It will become a concern when it hits the newspaper when another child dies

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        Clyde 

        19 months ago

        what is the recourse or outcome if the abuser or person that was turned in to cps threatens someone he suspects turned him in?

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        Anonymous 

        19 months ago

        Can neglect/abuse towards children be considered if you are a single father of 2 boys and 1 girl but you are living in a remodeled garage that is basically like a studio apartment. It does have a closed off bathroom but everything else is open. There is no kitchen sink just a stove and microwave. The father lately has also been having his adult nephew stay with him. The nephew sleeps on the couch, the 2 boys have their bed and the daughter is sleeping in the same bed as the father. He always has dirty laundry and dishes throughout the home. Would this be enough to be considered abuse/neglect?

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        B Rickman 

        19 months ago

        I am concerned about the welfare of my grand daughter. My daughter has been acting very bizarre for quite a while. She has even been telling people I threatened to murder her husband. Which, of course, I did not. She acts like someone that has been brainwashed and even though she was always a strong willed person I feel her husband is the cause of all of this. There is much diagnosed mental illness in his family. Paranoid schizophrenics, addictive personalities, alcohol and when he was very young, abusive treatment from his mother. He appears to have a split personality himself. Like Jekyll and Hyde. I am so afraid for my 22 month old grand daughter. My daughters behavior is so unlike her. What can I do about this?

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        Saina 

        19 months ago

        To the previous anon, yes, you can. Under federal law that is not only potentially an exposing a child to sexual material and indecent exposure to a minor charge, but also child endangerment. It also is a drug charge and prostitution. Even just one of those is enough for you to have your children removed.

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        Anon 

        19 months ago

        Can you report someone who's got three children under the age of 11 living with them while they're smoking weed and using their home bro have sex with ramdon men for money on a daily basis? Surly this can't be allowed when you've got children living in the same hime your inviting strange men into your home? Poor children have watched their mother get with bloke after bloke and most of them are violent towards the mother.

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        Will a drug test be performed is the parent is on drugs 

        19 months ago

        She’s on drugs taking care of a one year old. Will she be tested if reported

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        Anonymous 

        19 months ago

        If someone called CPS on someone who they thought the parents were doing wrong and the CPS worker didn't find anything and the mother who is very upset knows someone who is in charge of the system. Are they legally aloud to have their friend/family investigate the matter and release the persons phone number to the mother even though the caller remained Anonymous. Didn't give a name or phone number. What could happen?

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        Anonymous 

        19 months ago

        I have a mother who grabbed a garden hose and hit me with it she also grabbed a bottle of shampoo which was full and hit me with it until I sobbed she then pushed the hose into my face. She grabbed my hair and hit my head black. With one swift motion she slapped me in the back of the neck. I’m terrified to call child services help.

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        Annie 

        19 months ago

        How Can I report a social worker who has a drug dealer living in her home and she goes to s el drugs with him

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