What facts do I need to know to file a report?
What is meant by reasonable belief?
The Arizona court has said: reasonable belief is a very low standard. If there are any facts from which one could reasonably conclude that a child has been the victim of one of the offenses (where a mandatory report is required) the person knowing the facts has a duty to report..."
- You do NOT need visual evidence of the offense
- Your obligation is NOT to determine whether the information is or is not true.
- It is NOT your job to establish that it is more probable than not that abuse has occurred or beyond a doubt that abuse has occurred.
Think about the following scenario:
A child comes to school with a black eye, bloody ear, and a large bruise on the side of his head. When you ask the child what happened, the child hesitates and says that he fell off his bicycle.