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Child Abuse and Teacher Responsibility

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Child Abuse and Teacher Responsibility

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

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