The disparity in The Reporting Process
Cultural awareness and critical thinking are key skills for a community that takes responsibility for the safety and well-being of children. Both require continual self-reflection.
While reflecting on the biases and prejudices that lead to disparities can be uncomfortable, it is essential to understanding our collective role in preventing the under-and over-representation of children in care by:
Being aware of the cultural differences between families and in parenting
Being aware of one’s own biases
Valuing the importance of culture in a child’s life
While it is important to be aware of disproportionality and disparity, if you have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is the victim of abuse, you should report.