Child Abuse Reporting by 6Ml4e07j


									  Protocol for
Suspected Child
Abuse & Neglect
Greenville County
 School District
1. Discuss importance of protecting children
2. Provide definition of Child Abuse and
3. Identify types of abuse and neglect
4. Share who is responsible for reporting
   child abuse and neglect
5. Explain how school employees report
   child abuse and neglect
         Why Protect Children?
• Parents have the primary responsibility for
  children under the age of 18
• Parental responsibilities include:
           Protecting children’s mind
           Providing shelter
           Providing Health Care
 What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

• Can be subjective with many variables and gray areas

• What was OK at one time may not be OK another time
         Legal Definition:

Child abuse or neglect occurs when the
parent, guardian or other person
responsible for the child's welfare
inflicts or allows to be inflicted upon the
child physical or mental injury or engages
in acts of omissions which present a
substantial risk of physical or mental injury
to the child…
     What Types of Child Abuse &
         Neglect are There?

Major Types of Child Maltreatment:

•   Physical Abuse
•   Physical Neglect
•   Sexual Abuse
•   Mental Injury
          What Normally is Not
           Abuse and Neglect?
•   Sibling on sibling events
•   Faded, old, torn clothing
•   Junk food
•   Dirty face, hands and clothing
•   Lack of educational materials
•   Use of space heathers
•   Lice, scabies, insect bites
       Responding to a Child

• Listen attentively

• Do not probe for details, especially concerning
  sexual abuse

• Avoid leading questions and all inclusive

• Do not remove clothing
       Responding to a Child
• Do not express doubt or disbelief; anger or shock

• Tell the child that you are going to contact DSS

• Do not give false assurances that you will keep
  information confidential

• Report when essential information has been

• Document
Who is Responsible for Reporting
   Child Abuse & Neglect?
Mandatory Reporters by Law
•   Principals
•   Assistant principals
•   Teachers
•   Nurses
•   Guidance Counselors
•   Social Workers
 Who is Responsible for Reporting Child
          Abuse & Neglect?
Mandatory Reporters by District Policy

• All district employees must report

• All must report orally and in writing

• Any doubt about reporting is to be resolved in
  favor of protecting the child
   How Do School Personnel Report
 Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect?
• Make verbal report to Child Protective
  Services by calling (864) 467-7750 or to the
  appropriate law enforcement agency.

• Do not report to any other agencies

• Call as early in the day as possible.
  How Do School Personnel Report
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect?
• Complete form 250/217 Rev. 7/2012 (available
  on Downloadable Resources)

Fax it to:
• Child Protective Services (864) 467-4891
  How Do School Personnel Report
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect?

• Inform principal orally of report
   – The principal or immediate supervisor
     should be notified orally as soon as

• Give the original to your principal to be kept in
  a file.
  How Do School Personnel Report
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect?
• Report shall not be distributed / shown to
  anyone other than DSS, law enforcement and
• Do not place copies of report in the student’s
  record. Report is not considered part of a
  student’s educational record.
• Report is not subject to disclosure under Policy
  How Do School Personnel Report
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect?
• DSS will screen reports to determine if
  appropriate for investigation.

• DSS is supposed to telephone mandated
  reporters to inform of decision to investigate or

• If accepted for investigation, DSS must begin an
  investigation within 24 hours (Emergency
  Protective Custody situations must be initiated in
  2 hours).
  How Do School Personnel Report
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect?
• When making a report for abuse, contact law
  enforcement as well as DSS if the nature of
  the abuse is severe.

• After a case has been reported to DSS, if no
  one from DSS has visited the school as the
  school day is coming to an end, contact law
  enforcement if there is concern regarding
  sending the student back into a potentially
  abusive environment.
DSS Will…

• Interview student alone

• Notify parent as soon as possible after
  initiating the investigation

• Make a decision to indicate or unfound the
  case within 45 days
Things To Remember
• Starting January 17, 2012, Greenville DSS
  began using an automated screening tool that
  will help intake workers make distinctions
  between children that are at risk versus
  children that are unsafe.

• The tool helps distinguish between low,
  medium and high risk. If children are in an
  unsafe or a high risk situation then DSS will
  follow the normal procedure of investigation.
Things To Remember
• However, if children are deemed to be in a low
  to moderate risk situation, then DSS will refer
  those cases to a community partner,
  Specialized Alternatives for Families and
  Youth (SAFY). SAFY will then assess the
  situation and help the family locate services to
  reduce the risk. If at any time, SAFY identifies
  a safety issue, the case will be referred back
  to DSS to investigate.
  How Do School Personnel Report
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect?
• If the case is diverted to SAFY, a SAFY
  worker will contact the family between 5
  and 7 days depending on the risk level.

• SAFY may come to the school to see the
  child but must have a signed parental
  consent form.
Things To Remember
• DSS may not release the reporter’s name; the
  identity of reporter is protected by law.

• District employees cannot reveal the identity of
  the person making a report to the person
  suspected of the abuse.

• When making a report, use specific terms in
  describing the alleged abuse or neglect

• Ask DSS to have the caseworker bring camera
  if needed.
Things To Remember
• It is best NOT to contact child’s parent /

• DSS investigations may last up to 45 days.

• District personnel may contact DSS to inquire
  if a case was indicated or unfounded.

• Indicated cases are transferred to the
  treatment division of DSS for further services.
Things To Remember
• DSS has 24-hour coverage seven days a
  week. If calling after 4:30, the answering
  service will take your information and forward
  it to a caseworker, who should contact you as
  soon as possible.

• DSS has no rights to school records without a
  signed release from a parent / guardian
• Refer to Policy JGI and Rule JGI for more
  detailed information.
    Penalty for Not Reporting

• Fined not more than $500

• Imprisoned not more than six months

• Or both of the above

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