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NCJ Number: 170866 Find in a Library
Title: Reporting Child Abuse: A Guide to Mandatory Requirements for School Personnel
Author(s): K L Michaelis
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 70
Sponsoring Agency: Corwin Press, Inc.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8039-6100-6
Sale Source: Corwin Press, Inc.
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book discusses the basic elements necessary to comply with specific State reporting statutes on child abuse, with particular reference to mandatory reporting requirements for school personnel.
Abstract: The book reflects a compilation and analysis of all 50 States' and the District of Columbia's reporting statutes, outlining the requirements imposed on mandatory reporters employed in public schools and in other professions. In addition to identifying specific requirements by State, the book identifies categories common to all State reporting statutes. These categories are used to highlight those areas that school personnel need to consider when reporting suspected child abuse. Each category is discussed, and variations within a category are presented. Appendixes at the end of each chapter list both categories and States, showing which States ascribe to various elements within a category and allowing a comparison across States. Using this structured presentation, a professional can quickly determine what is required within a category State by State. The book advises that educators develop a comprehensive training program within their school districts and require all school employees who have contact with children to attend, at a minimum, an initial training session to help them understand and comply with a State's reporting requirements. Follow-up training at intervals of 2 or more years would inform educators of any changes in a State's reporting requirements. A table of statutes, a table of cases, and 2 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child abuse reporting; Educators; Educators child-abuse neglect role
Note: From the "Practicing Administrator's Leadership Series."
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