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Title: Questions Teachers Ask About Legal Aspects of Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Corporate Author: National Education Assoc of the United States
United States of America
Editor(s): C C Tower
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: National Education Assoc of the United States
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

National Education Assoc of the United States
1201-16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The specific roles and responsibilities of individual teachers in the reporting of child abuse and neglect are presented.
Abstract: This booklet contains answers to questions most frequently asked by teachers relating to the reporting of child abuse and neglect. The purpose of focusing on the questions teachers ask is to provide a general guideline to encourage teachers to seek further specifics in the statutes of their own localities. Information was gathered from the circulation of a questionnaire consisting of 30 questions to the 50 States and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Responses were received from all 55 sources, and responses to 19 of the questions provided sufficient commonalities for compilation. The remaining questions elicited such a divergence of information that it was deemed impractical to incorporate the questions in the general compilation of results; however, a summary of the replies to the questions is provided at the report's conclusion. Questions asked covered many topics: legal requirements for reporting and discretion for nonreporting, teacher immunity, anonymous reporting, child medical treatment, obligations of social service agencies, confidentiality, and the investigatory procedure.
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Child abuse; Child abuse reporting; Educators child-abuse neglect role
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