No one wants to consider the possibility of a child being harmed by a parent or family member, but sadly child abuse does happen.
If a nanny suspects that a child is being abused, she must report the suspected abuse to the appropriate child protection agency or social service agency. Each state has their own system for reporting possible child abuse and neglect. Nannies can call statewide child abuse hotlines, law enforcement agencies or local child protective services to report their suspicions. It’s important to note that the nanny doesn’t have to have proof of the abuse, but must file a report if she suspects abuse.
NAN volunteers should be familiar with the NAN Child Protection Policy.