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Non Caregiver Abuse Allegations

NEW!   Presentation to FDLE Regional Workgroup (pdf)

Change in Law: Non-Caregiver Abuse Allegations
What you need to know

In the 2012 Legislative session, HB 1355 passed the Legislature and was signed into law by the Governor.  This new law has several significant impacts on the public and on law enforcement.  Effective October 1, 2012, the Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline will begin to transfer non-caregiver abuse calls to the local Sheriff’s Office.  Every member of the public will be required to report all known and suspected abuse to the DCF Abuse Hotline – for caregivers and non-caregivers.  Any individual who fails to report abuse can be charged with a third degree felony. Law enforcement must also report all allegations, even if the agency is investigating the activity.

FSA partnered with the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Florida Police Chiefs Association to find the best means of implementing these statute changes. We organized a webinar to address the issues, and offer a recording in the "supporting materials" below along with a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides and other resources.

IMPORTANT:  These slides highlight the changes in statue, how the information will come from DCF to the Sheriff’s Office, what protocol DCF will follow as they share this information, and what law enforcement can expect.  The information is specific to Sheriffs’ Offices and Police Departments.  Agencies within the University System may review the materials contained here, but should consult with their legal advisors as there are additional implications for universities.

Supporting Materials


For more information about the webinars, contact Sarrah Carroll, FSA Assistant Executive Director of Operations, by email or phone, toll free: 800-877-2168, ext. 212

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