If possible, find a safe environment (quiet, private place) to talk with the child and ask the 4 questions, while documenting exact quotes from the child.
> Investigate – it is law enforcement and child protection agencies’ role to investigate
> Make promises to the child – you do not know for sure if everything will be ok
> Notify the parent/ caretaker – it is law enforcement and child protection agencies’ role to notify the parent/caretaker
When reporting to CPS you must:
> Call: 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445)
> Mail or fax the written report to CPS within 72 hours of calling the hotline