Educators, Guidance Counselors, School Nurses and Social Workers Continue to be Vigilant.
State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF).
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New Jersey Department of Children and Families
222 South Warren Street PO Box 729, 3rd Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0729
This fact sheet explains that while families are social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children are at-risk for child abuse. It urges New Jersey’s educators, guidance counselors, school nurses, and social workers to continue to be vigilant for instances of child abuse, and to call and check on families known to be struggling. It is recommended professionals provide students with a safe word to use if they are afraid and to try to get eyes on every child at least once a week. The hotline number to call to report suspected abuse or neglect is included.
COVID-19; state disaster response; child abuse; child neglect; communicable diseases; social isolation; child abuse reporting; teachers role; nurses; social workers role; mandatory reporting; New Jersey