Daycare centers have frequently been in the news following allegations of physical and emotional abuse and, often, sexual abuse. Last year, in Hamilton, Mississippi, 5 daycare workers got in trouble for using horror masks to scare children into submission. Not long before, a daycare center in Dakota was shut down following allegations of sexual and physical abuse.
Complaints of abuse against children are taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly. Daycare centers often have to shut down while they are being investigated, leading to loss of income and clients.
Day Care Centers Could Lose Their Licenses Over Minor Issues
Many US states outlaw corporal punishment in schools and daycare centers, and using physical punishment such as spanking, paddling, whipping, or any use of force, can get a daycare center investigated for abuse. While all US states have strong laws relating to child abuse, the exact procedure and the consequences a daycare center could face may vary by state.
For instance, in Florida, guardians of the child can bring in a civil claim for compensation against a childcare professional accused of abuse before waiting to press criminal charges or before the Florida Department of Children and Families takes any action.
Under Michigan state law, an unannounced inspection is usually part of the investigation. If other issues are identified during the investigation, the daycare center will have to address those too. Investigations are usually finalized within 60 days, and at the end of an investigation, the daycare center may be required to make a corrective action plan. They may also temporarily have their license reduced to provisional status or lose it entirely.
Abuse allegations aren't the only issue. Daycare centers could also lose their license over violations such as having too many children per adult professional, safety violations, sanitation issues, environmental health, fire safety issues, perceived neglect, and more.
How The Lento Law Firm Can Help
Since child safety is so important, even minor violations can cause license revocation or other sanctions. When a childcare or development center is accused of abuse, the board has the right to take immediate action, including shutting the place down, pending trial.
The Lento Law Firm can help you navigate these tricky situations and ensure you put up a strong defense to the board, protecting your license and livelihood. The Professional License Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm has years of experience defending child development professionals against disciplinary allegations and can help negotiate on your behalf, formulate questions and answers for your cross-examination, and help you put up the strongest possible defense, minimizing the damage to your career.