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Child Abuse Prevention And Reporting   

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Child Abuse Reporting

Any person who enters into employment after January 1, 1985, as a child care custodian, a health practitioner, or with a child protective agency is required to sign a statement to the effect that he/she has knowledge of the provisions of Penal Code 11166, and will comply with its provisions.

Penal Code 11166 requires any child care custodian, health practitioner, or employee of a child protective agency who has knowledge of or observes a child in his or her professional capacity or within the scope of his or her employment whom he or she knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse to report the known or suspected instance of child abuse to a child protective agency immediately or as soon as practically possible by telephone and to prepare and send a written report thereof within 36 hours of receiving the information concerning the incident.

I am aware that "Child Care Custodian" includes all employees of the South San Francisco Unified School District.

I understand the responsibilities and consequences of reporting known or suspected instances of child abuse including, but not limited to, the following:

* Reporting responsibilities are individual and cannot be delegated to another individual.

* The identity of all employees who report under these regulations shall be confidential and disclosed only to child protective agencies.

* School employees required to report are not civilly or criminally liable for filing a required or authorized report.

* If a child care custodian fails to report an instance of child abuse, which he/she knows to exist or reasonably should know to exist, he/she is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by confinement in jail for up to six months or a fine of $1,000 or both. The mandated reporter may also be held civilly liable for damages resulting from any injury to the child after a failure to report.

I hereby acknowledge the provisions of Penal Code 11166 and will comply with its provisions.




version: November 18, 2010 South San Francisco, California