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  • 1. Child Abuse: Teacher Responsibility
      • Craig W. Clarke, Jr.
      • Jennifer Ryiter
      • Erin Robertson
      • Terri Stanton
      • Karla Bennett
  • 2. Ignorance can hurt
    • Child
    • Falsely Accused Adult
    • Teacher
  • 3. Teacher as Perpetrator
  • 4. Avoid Negligence
    • Keep healthful classroom
    • Report problems with light, heat, ventilation
  • 5. Assault & Battery
  • 6. False imprisonment
    • Cannot lock student in closet
    • Cannot hold after school for an “unreasonable amount of time”
  • 7. Slander and libel
    • Defamatory statements:
      • S poken
      • or
      • Written
  • 8. Touch
  • 9. Types of touch – love relations
    • Essential
    • Love -affection -approval
    • Importance for educators
  • 10. Abusive Touch
    • Physical abuse
      • Pain, anger, power
    • Emotional abuse
      • Humiliation, degradation, taunting
    • Sexual abuse
      • Sex, power
    • Neglect - lack of
  • 11. How to Touch a Student
    • Open handed on
      • Shoulders upper arms
      • Hands upper back
      • Head
  • 12. “ In a Room” Rule
      • Open Areas
  • 13. If you must work alone with a student…
    • Report to someone
    • Stay in a public area
  • 14. When transporting alone
    • Get permission
    • Report to someone
    • Record time and mileage
    • Report when you return
  • 15. Gifts or Cards
    • To all students
    • Inexpensive, simple
    • Signed Mr. or Mrs. ___________
  • 16. Reporting Laws
  • 17. Who Must Report
    • Professional School Personnel
        • Teachers
        • Administrators
        • Counselors
        • Nurses
  • 18. Where to Report
    • CPS / DSHS
    • 24-hour child abuse hotline
    • Local law enforcement agency
    • Sheriff’s Dept.
  • 19. When Making a Report…
    • Use official school form
    • Give info on child & parent
    • Give circumstances
      • Perpetrator
      • Witness(es)
  • 20. Reluctance to Report
    • Fear of reprisal
    • Societal
      • What happens in the home is nobody’s business
    • Personal
    • Organizational
  • 21. Consequences for Not Reporting
    • Professional
      • OSPI puts letter of reprimand in file
    • Criminal
      • Gross misdemeanor
      • $5000 or year in jail
    • Civil
      • Monetary damages
  • 22. Ways to Report
    • Anonymously
      • But weighted less in court
    • Confidentially
      • But may be subpoenaed to court
  • 23. Don’t Just Report…
    • Follow up with supervisor or district designee to make sure a report has been filed within 48 hours.
  • 24. Beware of Some Parents
    • May try to bait teacher to gain info on report filed
    • Best to document all conversations with child’s parents
  • 25. Bad Faith
    • Maliciously or knowingly making a false report of abuse is a misdemeanor
  • 26. Immune from Liability
    • Good faith report of child abuse
    • Testifying
  • 27. Resources
  • 28. Documenting & Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
    • In the Classroom
    • In the School
    • Outside the School
  • 29. In the Classroom
    • Personal working notes
    • If kept for any students, must be kept for all students
    • Can be subpoenaed
  • 30. In the School
    • Policy will be school specific
    • If no policy exists, take care to provide a non-threatening experience
  • 31. Outside the school
    • CPS/DSHS: Err on the side of the child’s safety
    • Police: Only if threat is immediate, otherwise let DSHS notify