Child Abuse Reporting Procedures



The Governing Board recognizes that the District has a responsibility to facilitate the prompt reporting of incidents of child abuse and neglect. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that parent/guardians have access to procedures whereby they can report suspected child abuse at a school site to appropriate child protective agencies.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish regulations for use by employees in identifying and reporting child abuse.

District employees shall report known or suspected incidences of child abuse in accordance with District regulations and State law. Employees shall fully cooperate with the child protective agencies responsible for reporting, investigating and prosecuting cases of child abuse.

Districts that Provide Training in Child Abuse Reporting

The Superintendent or designee shall provide training in child abuse identification and reporting for all certificated personnel.

The Superintendent or designee shall also provide training in the duties of child abuse identification and reporting to instructional and teacher aides, teacher assistants and other classified employees. (Penal Code 11165.7)

As part of their training in child abuse identification and reporting, employees shall receive written notice of State child abuse reporting requirements and employees' confidentiality rights. (Penal Code 11165.7)

Employees who work with dependent adults shall be notified of legal responsibilities and reporting procedures pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code 15630-15637.

In order to reduce or eliminate unfounded child abuse accusations directed at school employees, child abuse inservice training shall include guidance in disciplining students and maintaining ethical relationships with them.

Legal Reference:
Education Code
33308.1 Guidelines on procedure for filing child abuse complaints
44690-44691 Staff development in the detection of child abuse and neglect
48906 Notification when student released to peace officer
Penal Code
273a Willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment of child; endangering life or health
11164-11174.3 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, especially:
11165-11165.15 Definitions relating to child abuse
11166-11170 Reporting known or suspected cases of child abuse
11172 Immunity from liability
11174.3 Interviewing victim at school
Welfare and Institutions Code
600-601.2 Referral to school attendance review board; minors habitually disobedient or truant
15630-15637 Dependent adult abuse reporting

First Reading: 5/24/01

Governing Board Adoption: 6/13/01

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