Video preps educators to report child abuse and neglect

Video preps educators to report child abuse and neglect when schools reopen

The Departments of Social Services and Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Missouri School Boards’ Association have created a video to heighten Missouri educator awareness of the increased importance of reporting child abuse and neglect as the new school year begins. Before students return to the classroom, educators can watch “See Something. Say Something.” a short seven-minute video that highlights the online reporting option, important information, tips, and resources.

Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven says reports to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline typically increase when educators reconnect with students after the summer break. She reports that a particularly troubling effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the significant decline in these reports – largely due to the limited day-to-day interaction between teachers and their students. Missouri’s online reporting option allows teachers, who are mandated reporters, to quickly share any troubling information with the appropriate personnel.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the toll-free hotline at 1-800-392-3738. The Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is answered 24-hours a day, every day, all year round.