Q: What type of information should a report contain?
A: Mandated reporters and concerned citizens should attempt to include the following information
The name and address of the child, the child’s parents, or other individuals
responsible for the child’s care
The child’s birth date or age
The child’s location
The child’s condition, including the nature and extent of the child’s injury
Whether the alleged perpetrator has access to the child
Any other information that the reporter believes might be helpful in showing the cause of the injuries or the extent to which the child might be in danger.
Q: Will the identity of the reporter be disclosed once a report is made?
A: Kansas law provides the identity of the reporter may not be disclosed to the child’s parent, or persons having legal responsibility for the child or to such persons’ legal representatives. The protection is not absolute, however. If a case is heard in court there is a possibility the identity of a reporter will be discovered.
Q: Is the reporter liable for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect?
A: Kansas law provides immunity from lawsuits against reporters of child abuse. In addition, reporters are immune from civil liability if required to participate in court proceedings.
If you have any suspicions of abuse, make a report.
If you have questions or want to talk with a Sunflower House staff prior to making a report, feel free to contact our Intake Coordinator at 913-631-5800.
It is a non-residential children’s advocacy and abuse prevention center serving Johnson and Wyandotte counties. The questions, “What would I want for my child if he or she were abused?” and “How can we stop the cycle of child abuse?” drive every decision made at Sunflower House.
The agency addresses abuse and neglect through a comprehensive approach—engaging children, parents, child-serving professionals and the community. Sunflower House is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance. Accreditation through this national affiliate ensures adherence to best practice standards of its federally recognized multidisciplinary approach to child abuse investigations.