Walking the tightrope of protecting abused children and recognizing the rights of parents makes it difficult for social workers in Ohio to assess situations when child abuse or domestic violence is suspected. No matter how fast the response is, when suspected cases are reported, the authorities may simply perform a superficial check. Where domestic violence or child abuse is present, the victims are often scared of admitting anything in the presence of the abusers.
When a teacher at a virtual school in Ohio received an online message from a child reporting abuse, she wasted no time in calling the authorities. Minutes later a deputy sheriff and a worker from children's services were on their way to investigate. Without the authorization of the parents, they were unable to examine the children and received only denial. They had to leave none the wiser.