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Child Abuse Prevention And Reporting   

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It shall be the policy of the South San Francisco Unified School District to inform all school employees of the legal requirements to report known or reasonably suspected incidences of child abuse. All school employees who enter into employment after January 1, 1985, shall sign a written acknowledgment of his/her legal requirements to report child abuse.

District employees shall report known or suspected incidences of child abuse in accordance with district regulations and state law. The Superintendent or designee shall establish regulations for use by employees in identifying and reporting child abuse. Employees shall be informed of the:

1. Legal requirements to make a report.

2. Appropriate child protective agency to which they are to report.

3. Internal procedures for reporting to the child protective agency as well as the school and district administration.

4. Legal protection and confidentiality provided to reporting individuals, and

5. Penalties for failing to make a report.

The identity of all employees who report under this policy shall be confidential and disclosed only to child protective agencies.

Parents/guardians may contact the Superintendent or designee to obtain procedures for filing a complaint against a district employee or other person whom they suspect has engaged in abuse of a child.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

32280-32288 Comprehensive school safety plans

33308.1 Guidelines on procedure for filing child abuse complaints

44690-44691 Staff development in the detection of child abuse and neglect

44807 Duty concerning conduct of students

48906 Notification when student released to peace officer

48987 Dissemination of reporting guidelines to parents

49001 Prohibition of corporal punishment

51220.5 Parenting skills education

PENAL CODE

152.3 Duty to report murder, rape, or lewd or lascivious act

273a Willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment of child; endangering life or health

288 Definition of lewd or lascivious act requiring reporting

11164-11174.4 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE

15630-15637 Dependent adult abuse reporting

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

4650 Filing complaints with CDE, special education students

Management Resources:

CDE LEGAL ADVISORIES

0514.93 Guidelines for parents to report suspected child abuse

WEB SITES

California Attorney General's Office, Crime and Violence Prevention Center: http://safestate.org

California Department of Education, Safe Schools: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss

California Department of Social Services, Children and Family Services Division: http://www.childsworld.ca.gov

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information: http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov

Policy SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: November 18, 2010 South San Francisco, California