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Overview

North Carolina law and UNCG policy require any person 18 years of age or older who becomes aware of or even suspects that a child is a victim of abuse, neglect, or of a sexual or violent offense to report the allegation to the appropriate authorities. See N.C.G.S § § 7B-301 and 14-318.6 (Senate Bill 199). See also the UNCG Minors on Campus: Reporting Policy.

If a minor is at immediate risk of harm or the victim of a criminal act, please contact UNCG Police or the appropriate Police Department immediately by dialing 9-1-1. UNCG Police or the appropriate Police Department will make a final determination as to whether a matter merits further investigation. University community members must not attempt to make such judgments independently of law enforcement. Reporting to University officials does not relieve the obligation of a University community member to also make a report directly to law enforcement in the event the minor is at immediate risk.

Reporting Abuse or Neglect of Minors and Other Incidents

  • Under North Carolina law, any person or institution who has cause to suspect that any juvenile is abused, neglected or dependent, or has died as a result of maltreatment, as defined by G.S. 7B-101, shall report the case to the director of Department of Social Services in the county where the juvenile resides or is found, as outlined in G.S. 7B-301.
  • Report to local law enforcement if the child is a victim of a violent offense, sexual offense or misdemeanor child abuse under G.S. 14-318.2.
  • The North Carolina DSS defines child abuse as “the intentional maltreatment of a child and that can be physical, sexual, or emotional in nature.” DSS defines neglect as “the failure to give children the necessary care they need.”
  • Any person or institution who knew or should have known that a juvenile was the victim of a felony or a crime of abuse, and knowingly or wantonly fails to report or who knowingly or wantonly prevents another person from reporting is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Refer to Senate Bill 199 and G.S. 14-318.2.   

How to Make a Report

All suspicion, discovery, or disclosure of child abuse must be reported. 

Report the following information

  • Child’s name, address, age, contact information
  • Names of any other minors in the home or otherwise affected
  • Nature and event of any injury and known details of the abuse or neglect
  • Perpetrators’ name

During disclosure, ask 4 questions

  1. What happened?
  2. Where did it happen?
  3. Where were you when this happened?
  4. Who else was there?

Step One

  • Report violent offenses, sexual offenses, or misdemeanor child abuse under G.S.14- 318.2 to local law enforcement in the county where the juvenile resides or is found.
  • Report abuse and neglect to the director of the Department of Social Services in the county where the juvenile resides or is found, as outlined in G.S. 7B-301.
  • Incidents occurring on UNCG’s campus in Greensboro, NC must be reported to the Guilford County Department of Human Services.
    • Main number: 641-3795
    • After hours: 1-800-378-5315
  • Incidents occurring in other North Carolina locales, must be reported to the local DSS office in the county where the minor resides or is found. A listing of DSS departments can be found in the NCDHHS Local DSS Directory.
  • Call 911 if an immediate intervention is necessary.

Step Two

  • This step is only required for those reporting abuse or an incident related to a youth program or activity occurring at or in affiliation with UNCG if a report to DSS or law enforcement other than the UNCG Police Department was filed.
  • Reports may involve minors, employees and/or volunteers.
  • To document reports of child abuse, neglect, or violent or sexual offenses against minors or any other incidents that happen in a UNCG Youth Program, complete the Youth Programs Incident Report form.

Reportable incidents include:

  • A situation or disclosure of abuse or neglect
  • Medical concerns and/or injuries to a youth participant where treatment goes beyond basic first aid
  • Vehicle accident involving youth program participants
  • Behavioral incident for UNCG employees or volunteers including any issue that violates the Conduct Standards for programs working with minors, or any issue that violates a campus rule, guideline or policy
  • Behavioral incident for a youth participant that violates the Program rules, guidelines, or code of conduct and requires a response beyond a warning or temporary removal from activities
  • Any other concerns related to a Youth Program or Activity in which a minor is participating

Reports can be made in person, via phone, email, or through the online reporting form.

Questions

Contact University Compliance or UNCG Police for help.

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