Enough´s Enough

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Enough´s Enough

We can stop child abuse!

Reporting Procedures 1. Identify incidents of suspected child abuse2. Comply with laws (Penal Code 11166a) requiring reporting of suspected abuse to the proper authorities3. Comply with laws (Penal Code 11166a) reasonable suspicion meaning, ". . . that it is objectively reasonable for a person to entertain such a suspicion, based upon facts that could cause a reasonable person in a like position, drawing from experience, to suspect child abuse."

We are the solution! The responsibility to report is not optional; it is mandatory. Educators probably have the best opportunity to identify a problem before it becomes a statistic.

Enough's Enough

Child abuse includes:physical abuse,physical neglect,sexual abuse, andemotional maltreatment

Remember:Determining whether or not the suspected abuse actually occurred is not the responsibility of the educator. Such determination and follow-up investigation will be made by a child protective agency. Again, the responsibility, by law, of the educator is to report every incident ofsuspected child abuse, not to substantiate the report.

What to look for!- Physical abuse is an explanation that does not fit the injury. For example, the child reports a "fall" while the bruises indicate the clear outline of an object such as a belt, or the child who "fell off the bed" is too severely bruised.-Physical neglect refers to the failure on the part of the caretaker to meet the child's basic physical needs.-Sexual abuse is sexual involvement imposed upon a child by anadult who has greate "power, knowledge, and resources." Social workers estimate that between 60 and 75 percent of thereported cases of child abuse are of sexual abuse.-Emotional abuse refers to belittling, rejecting, and in general not providing a positive, loving, emotional atmosphere in which a child can grow.

The duty to report child abuse is an individual duty. No supervisor or administrator mayimpede or inhibit such reporting duties.

The most classic myth regarding sexual abuse is that it is perpetrated by strangers. Between 70 and 85 percent of sexual abuse is committed by someone known—and often loved—by the child.

Penal Code 11167 procedures:1. A telephone report of suspected child abuse shall be made immediately and shall include the name of the person making the report, the name and location of the child, the nature and extent of injury, and any other information, including information that led such person to suspect abuse. A written report (Penal Code 11166 form) shall be submitted within 36 clock hours to Child Protective Services and/or the local law enforcement. (Penal Code 11166).2. Information relevant to the incident of child abuse may also be given to an investigator from a child protective agency who is investigating the case.3. The identity of all persons who report under this article shall be confidential and disclosed only between child protective agencies, or to counsel representing a child protective agency,or to the district attorney in a criminal prosecution.

Failure to Report...Any mandated reporter who fails to report an instance of child abuse which he or she knows to exist or reasonably suspects to exist, is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by confinement in the county jail for a term not to exceed six months or by a fine not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by both.


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