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  • School Social Work Chicago International Charter School 2011-12 Academic Year Katie Weiss, LCSW
  • What is School Social Work at IP?
    • Provides mandated social work minutes per IEP’s
    • Facilitates classroom social emotional development
    • Will be reinforcing the Second Step Curriculum School Wide
    • Guides gender, social skill and emotional groups no larger than 8 students on a consistent schedule based on need and referrals
    • Oversees all mandated reporting
    • Homeless Education Program Liason
  • Mandated Reporters
    • Who are they?
      • Mandated reporters are professional who may work with children in the course of their professional duties. All school personnel are considered mandated reporters.
  • Mandated Continued
    • Mandated reporters are REQUIRED to report suspected child maltreatment immediately if they have “ reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be an abused or neglected child”
    • This is done by calling the DCFS Hotline at 1.800.252.2873 or 1.800.25ABUSE and completing form found in the social work office.
    • As professionals that work with children it is best practice to call as soon as possible. Ideally, the reporter with the most direct knowledge should make the call.
    • The primary goal is to protect the child and whenever possible, to stabilize and preserve the family so that it remains intact.
  • What is considered abuse?
    • Physical Abuse – infliction of injury to child that means other than accidental that cause physical impairment or undue emotional duress. Common indicators include bruises, human bites, bone fractures and burns.
    • Reminder – it is not illegal to hit your child, it is illegal to hit to the point that there is a level of impairment, physically or emotionally. Also, take in to consideration SES and cultural practices.
  • Abuse Continued
    • Sexual Abuse – occurs when a person responsible for the child’s welfare commits any of the following acts:
      • Sexual penetration
      • Sexual Exploitation – pornography
      • Sexual Molestation – touched by an adult or forcibly having a child touch an adult.
  • Neglect
    • Neglect occurs when a person responsible for the child deprives or fails to provide the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter or needed medical treatment. Neglect is also alleged when an adult provides inadequate supervision of child.
    • Cultural factors make neglect challenging due to distinguishing between inappropriate/undesirable parenting and those acts which are considered abuse or neglect.
    • When in doubt, it is best practice to call the hotline.
    • Educational neglect is no longer recognized as neglect of a child
  • Law in Illinois of when DCFS can investigate and intervene
    • Victim must be under the age of 18
    • Alleged perpetrator must be a person that is responsible for the welfare of the child
    • There must be a specific incident of abuse and neglect or a specific set of circumstances involving suspicion
    • There must be either demonstrated harm or substantial risk of physical or sexual injury to the child
  • Key terms to know
    • Report - if the hotline worker concludes that the allegation is one the Department is legally empowered to investigate and there will be sufficient information to warrant an investigation, a report will be taken.
    • Indicated – Cases are called indicated when an investigation has been determined that credible evidence of the alleged abuse or neglect can be documented.
    • Unfounded - cases are called unfounded when an investigation has determined that credible evidence of the alleged abuse or neglect cannot be documented. All unfounded reports regarding sexual or serious physical abuse are kept in the system for 3 years; the remainder of cases one year.
    • A person can request a review of an unfounded report within 10 days of notification if a reporter has concerns about adequacy of investigation.
  • Time Line for Reports
    • Reports must be called to DCFS as soon as abuse or neglect has been reported
    • Reports must be confirmed in writing to the local investigation unit within 48 hours of the hotline call. Forms are found in the social work office, or the DCFS web site.
  • Conclusion of Mandated Reporting
    • Questions?
    • Please complete Mandated Reporter form and return to me
    • Wait, there’s more…….
  • Transitional Living Program
    • CPS mission statement: Every CPS student shall have equal access to the same free and appropriate educational opportunities as students who are not homeless.
  • General Categories of TLS
    • Shelters
    • Doubled-up with families
    • Living on the street
    • Runaways
    • Throwaways
    • Awaiting foster placement
    • Lack of adequate alternative accommodations (cars and hotels)
  • Legal Rights of TLS Students
    • Choice of school
    • Immediate enrollment
    • Transportation
    • Hardship transportation
    • Dispute resolution
    • Notice of rights
  • Support Services offered by TLS
    • Referrals
    • Clothing/school uniforms
    • School supplies
    • Tutoring
    • Scholarship
    • Prevention services
  • Choice of Schools
    • Children/Youth enroll in:
      • School last attended/school of origin
      • OR
      • School attended when they became homeless
  • School Responsibilities
    • Advise family of rights
    • Encourage enrollment in school of origin
    • Enroll immediately
    • Arrange for transportation, if needed
    • Inform parent/guardian of fee waiver policy
  • Rights of TLS Students
    • Must be distributed to ALL FAMILIES at the beginning of each semester
    • School must gather emergency forms and update IMPACT twice a year
    • IMMEDIATE enrollment, regardless of medical records or residency papers.
  • Contact Information
    • TLS information displayed in front office.
  • Suicide Risk Assessment - Protocol
    • Suicidal/Homocidal Ideation
    • Plan/Intent to Harm Self or Others
    • Inpatient Hospitalization
    • Partial Hospitalization
    • Outside Treatment referrals
    • SASS vs. Private/Group Insurance