Laws on Child Abuse in the State of Tennessee
Krista L. Childers
ENG 122: English Composition II
November 5, 2008
This research paper is on child abuse laws in the state of Tennessee. There are many things that seem to always been a bothersome is the amount of things seen on television, in the stores, and on television shows that deal with child abuse. It is very upsetting to see these precious gifts god has brought into this world that are treated so badly sometimes. So lets find out the laws here in the state of Tennessee and just information about child abuse all around. Things that really make us think is where can we report it? How can we report it? What will happen to us if we report it? So lets find out where we can do all this.
The types of things to look for when we think we may be seeing child abuse are things like, any kind of wound, an injury, some sort of disability, or physical or mental condition. The types of people who can report child abuse or neglect are a “physician, chiropractor, hospital personnel, any other health or mental health professional, spiritual healing practitioner, school teacher/personnel, judge, social worker, day care center worker, foster care worker, law enforcement officer, neighbor, relative, friend, or any other person.” (http://law.findlaw.com/state-laws/child-abuse/Tennessee/) I think this is really great that anyone can report child abuse or neglect. It doesn’t only have to be certain people to report it.
In the state of Tennessee, when someone sees a child being abused or neglected its required that the person must report it. Even if they are not sure if its true or not. DCS accepts and reports all child abuse and neglect. DCS screens the report to decide if the situation requires any investigation. DCS also makes decisions on how to keep the children safe in the best manner.
There are several ways on how someone can report a child abuse or neglect. The ways to report is are to go to a...