Child Abuse Reporting and Research

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Child Abuse Reporting and Research

You may encounter or suspect child abuse or neglect during the course of your study.  In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR).

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How do I make a child abuse report in New Jersey?

If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 as well as 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873). A concerned caller does not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse and can make the report anonymously.

You should also make an immediate call to the Research Compliance Officer if you have any questions at 732-655-7781.

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What do I have to report to the IRB?

Once you have made a report to the State Central Registry you are required to submit this event as an Adverse Event report. See Unanticipated Problems or Adverse Events for more information.  Do not report any identifying information about the victim or perpetrator in your report to the IRB.

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What information will I be asked to provide to the hotline screener?

SCR (1-877 NJ ABUSE or 1-877-652-2873) screeners are trained caseworkers who know how to respond to reports of child abuse/neglect. Whenever possible, a caller should provide all of the following information:

  • Who: The child and parent/caregiver’s name, age and address and the name of the alleged perpetrator and that person’s relationship to the child.
  • What: Type and frequency of alleged abuse/neglect, current or previous injuries to the child and what caused you to become concerned.
  • When: When the alleged abuse/neglect occurred and when you learned of it.
  • Where: Where the incident occurred, where the child is now and whether the alleged perpetrator has access to the child.
  • How: How urgent the need is for intervention and whether there is a likelihood of imminent danger for the child.

You do not need (and likely will not have) all this information to make a report.

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Is it against the laws of New Jersey to fail to report suspected abuse/neglect?

Any person who knowingly fails to report suspected abuse or neglect according to the NJ law or to comply with the provisions of the law is a disorderly person.

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Who do I speak to at MSU if I have questions about making a report?

You may contact the Research Compliance Officer at 973-655-7781 or bergerh@montclair.edu.

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Is there more information online about what is child abuse and/or reporting?

Yes. Click here to be re-directed to the NJ website.

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