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Inevitably, people will post about concerning situations. For example, When you don't think (grand)children are getting the care they need

What is the site's stance on reporting suspected child neglect or abuse? One possibility is to have a flag for it, or to add educational info in a reference on the site.

It's a tough situation, because in child endangerment cases, there is sometimes preceding documentation. And in other cases, there is concern, but after a more thorough investigation no problem is found.

I think it may be important to connect users with local, national, and perhaps global reporting guidelines and resources, such as, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).




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This related question is 1½ old and is still the current state of affairs: This isn't something we can make a general rule for. It will have to be a case-by-case decision.

Your best action is to use the flag function ("needs ♦ moderator attention") and let the moderators handle it. The (volunteer!) moderators will probably defer the matter to the staff of Stack Exchange (the company behind the website).

By the way, I think your response to the question you are referring to is excellent!

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