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  • 1. CHILD ABUSE REPORT TRAINING September 21, 2005 Mt. View Elementary
  • 2. AGENDA
    • DEFINITIONS
    • REPORTING RESPONSIBILITIES
    • QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
  • 3. OBJECTIVE
    • To Inform District Staff of State Law and County Protocol for Reporting Issues of Abuse.
  • 4.
    • The Safety of Students and Staff is Our Number One Priority
  • 5. DEFINITION OF TERMS
    • Child Abuse or Neglect:
    • Child abuse or neglect means the injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, negligent treatment or maltreatment of a person under the age of 18 by any person under circumstances which indicate that the child’s health, welfare and safety is harmed. Child abuse can be inflicted “by any person” and may include student-on-student abuse or school personnel to student abuse. These cases also require reporting to CPS, DSHS or law enforcement.
  • 6. SEXUAL ABUSE
    • The term “sexual abuse” means any sexual offense against a child as defined in the criminal code, including any intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the sexual or other intimate parts of a child or allowing, permitting, compelling, encouraging, aiding, or otherwise causing a child to engage in touching the sexual or other intimate parts of another for the purpose of gratifying the sexual desire of the person touching the child, or a third party, or communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • 7. SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
    • THE TERM “SEXUAL EXPLOITATION” INCLUDES:
    • Allowing, permitting or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution by any person; or
    • Allowing, permitting or encouraging or engaging in the obscene or pornographic photographing, filming or depicting of a child by any person.
  • 8. NEGLIGENT TREATMENT OR MALTREATMENT
    • The terms “negligent treatment or maltreatment” mean an act or omission that evidences a serious disregard of consequences of such magnitude as to constitute a clear and present danger to the child’s health, welfare and safety.
  • 9. PHYSICAL DISCIPLINE
    • The physical discipline of a child is not child abuse when it is reasonable and moderate and is inflicted by a parent, teacher or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child. The age, size, and condition of the child and the location of the injury must be considered when determining whether the bodily harm is reasonable or moderate. Any use of force on a child by any other person is unlawful unless it is reasonable and moderate and is authorized in advance by the child’s parent or guardian for purposes of restraining or correcting the child. Corporal punishment of students by district employees is prohibited.
  • 10. UNREASONABLE DISCIPLINE
    • RCW 9A.16.100 provides that the following actions are presumed unreasonable when used to correct or restrain a child.
    • Throwing, kicking, burning, or cutting a child;
    • Striking a child with a closed fist;
    • Shaking a child under age three;
    • Interfering with a child’s breathing;
    • Threatening a child with a deadly weapon; or
    • Doing any other act that is likely to cause and which does cause bodily harm greater than transient pain or minor temporary marks.
  • 11. CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT REPORTING
    • NON-SUPERVISORY CERTIFICATED STAFF MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT ALL INSTANCES OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT .
    • Teachers, counselors, nurses, principals, administrators, social workers, intervention specialists, psychologists.
    • All other school based employees shall report to the building administration.
  • 12. A S A P 48 HOURS Phone #’s Child Protective Services: (253) 983-6260 Puyallup Police Department: (253) 841-5415 Pierce County Sheriff: (253) 798-4721
  • 13. REPORT WHEN
    • When there is reasonable cause to believe that the child has suffered child abuse or neglect, i.e. injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, negligent treatment, or maltreatment.
  • 14. RULES PRIOR TO THE REPORT
    • School personnel shall not interview victims or try to determine whether the allegations are credible before making a report.
    • Information should be confined to who, what, when, and where. Do not probe for details .
    • Advise with Executive Director for Elementary/Secondary if school employee is alleged perpetrator.
  • 15. THE REPORT
    • Make the report ASAP but in no cases later than 48 hours after you first learned of the allegation of abuse.
    • Do not notify other staff members.
    • Do not notify the parents, guardians, or staff member that a report has been made or that the child has been interviewed.
    • Emergency
      • Law Enforcement
    • Other
      • CPS
      • Law Enforcement, Liaison Officer
  • 16. POST REPORT
    • Documentation
      • Notes of allegation and contact date, time, and name of individual with whom you made report.
      • Cooperate with representatives of CPS or law enforcement; forward copy of report to agency.
      • Inquiries by parents, prior to their notification by agencies, should be referred to the agencies.
  • 17. NON SUPERVISORY CERTIFICATED STAFF MEMBERS SHOULD KNOW…
    • The responsibility for reporting falls on to the certificated person who first heard or became aware of the allegation. Ideally, the principal should be informed prior to the report so it can be jointly made. If principal is unavailable a report should be made.
    • Protocol is designed for maximum student safety. However, it also creates a safer environment for staff. Self-reporting of allegations demonstrates that we have nothing to hide from the public or law enforcement.
    • Compliance with Pierce County, City of Puyallup, City of Edgewood expectations.
  • 18. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
    • Q: Can schools notify the parents or guardians of a student perpetrator?
    • A: Yes, as it will result in disciplinary action. Schools may not disclose the identify of the victim except as required by WAC 180-40.
    • Q: Can schools notify their school liaison officer?
    • A: Yes, schools that have a law enforcement liaison officer should report all suspected abuse and neglect to the liaison.
  • 19. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
    • Q: Can school personnel participate in the CPS/law enforcement interview process at the school site?
    • A: A third party may be present during the interview, unless the child objects or the interviewer determines the third party may jeopardize the course of the investigation.
    • Q: If a student reports a staff member has physically mistreated them what is my first task?
    • A: Telephone CPS or the local law enforcement agency.
  • 20. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
    • Q: When will staff be trained?
    • A: By the building principal prior to October 14 th .
    • A signed list of participants will be sent to Lynne Rosellini and Casey Cox notifying who did/did not attend the building training.