The Center for Young Children and Families Suspected Child Abuse policy is based on the premise that it is the responsibility of the entire Center community to do what it can, within the law, to protect all of its children from any episode of child abuse originating from any source. It is a state mandate that anyone who works directly with children and suspects abuse must file a report.
The community should understand that in making a report of suspected child abuse, no definitive judgment is being made by CYCF personnel, that in fact any abuse has taken place. The community should be aware that all suspected child abuse reports made from the CYCF go immediately to DCYF. Their trained personnel decide whether evidence exists to continue an investigation or to drop it.
At the same time, the CYCF does train all its teachers in knowing what might or might not appear to be suspected abuse. In this way, only responsible reporting of suspected abuse is made.
At the CYCF, all those who come into contact with children must be cleared through the State of NH by submission of a Criminal Records check.