Child Abuse

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The Department of Child Services wants the legislature to help improve the process of reporting child abuse and neglect to the agency. 

Department of Child Services legislative director Parvonay Stover says state law requires anyone to report potential child abuse and neglect without delay. And she says the agency wants state law to help ensure that when it comes to schools’ internal policies.

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According to a recent report released by the Indiana Department of Child Services, the majority of fatalities due to child abuse or neglect occur in babies and toddlers.

Of the 66 fatalities that occurred in 2014—the most recent year in which data is available—60 percent occurred in children three years old or younger.

DCS spokesman James Wide says the youngest children are the most vulnerable.

“If we’re not actively supervising these children then they will get into things that will hurt them,” he says.

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Ed. note: An earlier version of this story indicated the law would go into effect in July 2016. The story has been updated to correct the error.  

Starting in July 2017, Indiana will become the first state in the nation maintaining a child abuse offender registry,

The new law tracks anyone who has ever been convicted in Indiana of child neglect – or physical or sexual abuse of a child.

The Offender Registry will be maintained by the Division of State Court Administration.