Promoting the safety of minors
Under Governor’s Executive Order #54 (EO 54), all UW System employees are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect and have an obligation to report directly to the authorities. At UW–Stout, this mandate includes volunteers and contractors working on behalf of the university.
As an employee, volunteer or contractor, it is critical that you understand your obligation to report, what to report and how to report. The information on this page is only an overview.
Report Child Abuse or Neglect
If there is an emergency or a child is in immediate danger, call 911
To report: Call University Police | 715.232.2222
Why must I report?
Requirements for Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
In accordance with the University of Wisconsin–Stout policy on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect, all UW–Stout employees (under Wisconsin Executive Order #54, or EO 54), are required to immediately report child abuse or neglect to University Police if, in the course of employment, the employee observes an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, or learns of an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, and the employee has reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur. Volunteers and contractors working for UW–Stout sponsored programs or activities are also expected to report suspected abuse or neglect.
A UW–Stout who is a mandatory reporter under Wis. Stat. 48.981(2)(a) shall comply with the requirements of the state mandatory reporter law while working in their professional role.
Services and Protection
- Deciding to get involved in a situation of suspected abuse or neglect can be difficult. It is, however, a decision that may be crucial to a child not only today, but also in the future.
- Caregivers or maltreaters who have abused or neglected their children may need services and support to provide safe care for their children. The sooner an issue is reported, the sooner the child can be helped.
- No UW–Stout employee making a report of suspected child abuse or neglect to University Police, in good faith, may be discharged from employment, disciplined, or otherwise discriminated against in regard to employment, or threatened with any such treatment, for so doing.
What do I report?
Definition of Child: For purposes of reporting child abuse and neglect, a “child” is a person who is less than 18 years of age.
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Threatened Abuse or Neglect
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