The media has an important job to do in reporting stories of child abuse and neglect. The Department of Human Services also has an important job in protecting children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Media coverage can improve the public’s understanding of the issues surrounding child abuse and the work of child welfare agencies. But children who would be the subject of these stories deserve to have their identities and their futures protected.
DHS and the media can work together to tell these important stories while protecting innocent child victims and keeping the public informed of issues surrounding child abuse and neglect.
For more information on reporting on child abuse and neglect: