What is child abuse and neglect?
Wisconsin's Law Defines Abuse As:

Physical Abuse- Physical injury inflicted on a child by other than accidental means. Physical injury includes, but is not limited to, lacerations, fractured bones, internal injuries, severe or frequent bruising, or great bodily harm.

Sexual Abuse- Sexual intercourse or sexual touching of a child, sexual exploitation, forced viewing of sexual activity, or permitting, allowing, or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution
Emotional Damage- Harm to a child's psychological or intellectual functioning that is exhibited by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or aggression. Emotional Damage may be demonstrated by observable changes in behavior, emotional response or learning, which are incompatible with the child's age or stage of development.

Neglect- When a parent... or caretaker...fails, refuses or is unable, for reasons other than poverty, to provide the necessary care, food, clothing, medical, or dental care so as to seriously endanger the physical health of the child.

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1. What is child abuse and neglect?
2. What should I do if I believe that a child is abused or neglected?
3. What information is helpful when I make a child abuse report?
4. What will happen when the social worker sees the child and family?