According to State Auditor Suzanne Bump, Massachusetts Child Protection Agency refused to report child sex abuse to the appropriate authorities because “Sexual abuse to children is not considered to be a critical incident because DCF, in their own words, did not consider sexual abuse to cause serious bodily harm or extreme physical pain.”
An in depth analysis of this scathing report can be found below.
From Medical Kidnap’s Terri Lapoint:
The theoretical function of Child Protective Services is to “protect” children from harm, removing them from their homes when they are being hurt. A deep-seated value of Western culture is that we need to protect children from abuse, and the public has overwhelmingly supported the use of tax dollars going to help the children who are being abused.
But what happens when the very agency charged with protecting children is, in reality, leading to or ignoring the physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and even deaths of the children in their care? Is anyone held accountable?
Where do their victims turn when social workers assigned to protect them turn a deaf ear and a blind eye?
Hundreds of parents who have spoken with Health Impact News about their child or children being taken from them have asked how they can lose their child though they have done nothing wrong, while at the same time the social workers routinely ignore the abuse of their children in foster care.
On December 7, 2017, Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump released an appalling audit of her state’s Child Protective Services, the Department of Children and Families (DCF). (See text of audit here.)
The audit, which covered 2014 and 2015, found that there were many instances where children in state care, whether in foster homes or group homes or other facilities under DCF care, were abused physically or sexually, but DCF failed to report the incidents to the proper authorities……..”
It is the FBI’s job to investigate corruption, human trafficking, organized criminal enterprise, and deprivations of civil liberties. Yet, here we have a State Sponsored Child Trafficking operation where the executives are even refusing to report the crime of sexual abuse and the Federal Government is silent.
Social workers and Child Protection agencies fall under mandatory reporting guidelines. Those guidelines state:
“Approximately 48 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands designate professions whose members are mandated by law to report child maltreatment.1 Individuals designated as mandatory reporters typically have frequent contact with children. Such individuals may include:
- Social workers
- Teachers, principals, and other school personnel
- Physicians, nurses, and other health-care workers
- Counselors, therapists, and other mental health professionals
- Child care providers
- Medical examiners or coroners
- Law enforcement officers Taken from: Childwelfare.gov In many states failure to report child abuse is a felony. Once again a State Agency demonstrates the urgent need to hold those tasked with child protection accountable. To ignore child abuse, is complicity to child abuse.