Taking the Investigation of Child Abuse Extremely Serious

by Greg Young
(Country Club Hill, Illinois, USA)

As a 29-year veteran in the field of child abuse as an investigator, asst. supervisor, supervisor, and administrator, I have found the number one factor in keeping children safe is regular visitation of reported families to observe the children and to interview them and their adult caretakers. Investigators of reported suspected abuse cases must make every effort to see the reported child victims; this means making constant visits until the child is seen (an unseen child remains at risk and could be constantly subject to abuse until seen). No investigator should feel at ease until a reported child is observed and interviewed, after all, if one hasn't seen the suspected victim, how can risk be assessed.

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Feb 14, 2009
I child seen could be a child spared...
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

I couldn't agree more with your stance on this issue, Greg. Your article tells me that abused children have an advocate in you. I'm sure you've seen your share of the deeply troubling effects of child abuse. But as disquieting as those effects are, your job is ultimately saving the lives of those children; I gather this is what keeps you going in an occupation that must come with its own troubling effects.

Thank you for sharing your professional insight with my visitors and me.

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Feb 14, 2009
i wish
by: Anonymous

i wish that some one would have come to make sure that i was safe, but when someone spoke to my parents, they never came back!!!

Feb 14, 2009
by: Mrs R

Hi Greg, I sure wish you were around when I was growing up. I grew in the 50/60s when society still believed in "It's not our business" I can remenber that being said so many times over the years about many different situations that involved human beings. I would like to know how those people slep at night knowing that under their eyes very damaging and destructive behavior was going on. Who were these people.....
Today I cannot even bare to watch wildlife programs when animals fight, abuse in any way makes me feel sick to my stomach and very angry.
Children are not batting boards, or some one to take your own problems out on.
I could go on and on in this subject.....
Greg i am glad you are out there protecting the ones that are unable to protect themselves. We need more people like you especially good men that can show a child that not all men want something from a child.....

Feb 14, 2009
I agree
by: touched2mysoul

Go back 35 years... there is a child about 5yrs old... people knew.. relatives knew, friends of the family knew.. yet no one did a thing. Fast forward to about 7 years later.. there is a councilor who knew... teachers know, principals know... neighbors know.. but they see only the mother and think..shes such a nice lady... the child fights to be good to not get on the "nice ladies" bad side. Still no one does a thing. Fast forward to adult hood... the child speaks to adults that she knew growing up as a kid... she learns they knew... they knew alot. They saw... they did nothing to save that little girl...
If you can see, hear, feel and think.. then when you see, hear, feel, think or suspect... then do something. Those who are doing something I thank you on behalf of that little girl who didnt have anyone to save her... I am that little girl and though no one saved me.. I wish that for every child out there who is being abused. It is the one and only prayer of an abused child... "please stop...please save me" I commend those who are saving children.

Feb 15, 2009
You must make them come back
by: Greg Young

TO "I Wish"-anonymous

You must make the authorities come back. They should talk with you in a neutral setting, like school, without the presence of your caretakers. Some parents can put on a "nice" front, but you must be equipped with specific and timely details of abuse/neglect. Do not suffer in silence, do all you can to seek out an advocate. Make the authorities believe you.

Nov 14, 2010
greg young, make the authorities "see"
by: Anonymous

This is a LOT of responsibity to place on a victim - some of whom have been threatened, told repeatedly that they will not be believed or that they will be responsible for the family breaking up. If that child gets the opportunity to speak out, takes it, and then is not believed, why is it THEIR responsibility to "keep speaking out" to make the authorities "see"?

Why isn't child welfare required to make ongoing checks on the child's welfare once something is brought to their attention? I get they are overworked and have other things to do -education, prevention, intervention, etc - but in the case where they actually have a report and not susicipion, then it would seem reasonable for them to make ongoing checks into the child's welfare rather than expecting the victim to keep asking for help, especially when it is requested and does not arrive.

My two cents.

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