The Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act
The Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA), has been amended to include "personnel of institutions of higher education." Accordingly, all individuals employed and/or appointed by the College, including but not limited to faculty, staff, student employees, and volunteers are considered Mandated Reporters of child abuse and neglect. This means that all employees have a duty to immediately report or cause a report to be made whenever they have "reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected." Knox employees have a legal obligation to immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) at (800) 25-ABUSE (800-252-2873).
Pursuant to this legislation, all employees must sign and return the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status Form (PDF). For "Type of Employment" on the form, please put faculty, staff, student employee, or other.
Send the completed form to:
Office of Human Resources, K-200
2 E. South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
To access additional information or to report abuse please visit the Department of Children & Family Services website.
- FAQ's on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (PDF)
- Employees interested in additional information regarding mandated reporter requirements may view the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act PowerPoint presentation or view the on-line training provided by DCFS.
Information and Reporting Procedures:
- If you know or suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, you must follow the steps outlined at the DCFS website.
- Child abuse or neglect is reported by calling the Child Abuse Hot Line (800-252-2873) and submitting a Written Confirmation of Suspected Child Abuse/Neglect Report to DCFS within 48 hours utilizing the for and instructions received from the Hot Line.
Knox College is committed to the safety and welfare of all members and visitors of our campus. Thank you for your assistance in complying with the requirements of the Illinois Abused and Neglected Reporting Act.