DHS justifies its position by a statute in Colorado that allows social workers to take color photographs of “visible injuries.” C.R.S. § 19-3-306. DHS argues that “visible injuries” means injuries that can be seen on a naked child, allowing social workers to take off the child’s clothes. DHS stated, “There is no limitation on the taking of the photographs because the purpose is to document injuries, regardless of where the injuries may be.”
So a social worker can whip a camera out of her purse to photograph your child’s private areas if she “reasonably” believes there may be abuse.
on strip searching children in Colorado
- What can I do to prevent state-sponsored child strip searching in Colorado?
- Do government workers in Colorado really strip-search children?
- Don’t government workers ask for consent before they strip-search or photograph a child?
- How and why does DHS photograph children’s private areas?
- Doesn’t my child have any constitutional rights not to be strip-searched and photographed?
- Does a strip search endanger my child?
- Is this strip-search policy dangerous to our society?
- How does DHS protect these pictures of naked children?
- If DHS cannot strip-search children, will child abuse go unchecked?
- See video announcement about child safety in Colorado