It is a state mandate that all permanent or temporary care or custody or responsi- VIII. CONFIDENTIALITY employees, volunteers, student bility for supervision of the child under circum- Child abuse and/or neglect reports and stances that indicate (1) the child’s health or welfare records shall not be placed in the stu- teachers, and student interns in is harmed or placed at substantial risk of harm or (2) dent’s school record. All child abuse Baltimore County Public mental injury to the child or a substantial risk of and/or neglect referrals or reports shall mental injury. Mental injury includes the observ- Schools know of their able, identifiable, and substantial impairment of a be kept in a separate file in the princi- pal’s office until the time the student responsibility to recognize and child’s mental or psychological ability to function turns 24 years old. report suspected cases of child caused by an omission or series of omissions by a parent or caretaker. LEGAL REFERENCES abuse, neglect, and mental The following are examples of child neglect that may Child • ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, injury. be appropriate for referral to Baltimore County De- FAMILY LAW ARTICLE, § 5-701 ET partment of Social Services (DSS), Child Protective SEQ. Services (CPS): I. DEFINITIONS • ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, EDUCATION ARTICLE § 6-107, 108, 202 Abuse A. ABUSE: The physical or mental injury of a child (under 18), by any parent or other person 1. Child left unattended or inadequately supervised for long periods of time, or with responsibilities beyond the child’s capacities. • • EDUCATION COMAR, 13A.12.05.02C (4) EDUCATION COMAR, and who has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for supervision of a child, or by a family member, under circumstances that indi- 2. Child showing signs of failure to thrive, that have not been explained by a medical condition, such as evidence that the child is receiving in- Neglect cate that the child’s health or welfare is harmed or sufficient food. 13A.08.01.13 A, B, C, D, E at substantial risk of being harmed. Mental 3. Child not receiving essential medical, mental DEPARTMENT OF injury includes the observable, identifi- health, or dental treatment to the extent that the STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES able, and substantial impairment of a child’s health or welfare is harmed or at substan- 410-887-0216 child’s mental or psychological ability to tial risk of harm. Office of School Counseling Services function caused by an act of a parent, care- 4. Child wearing weather-inappropriate clothing 410-887-0291 taker or household or family member. The that creates risk to the child’s health. Office of Health Services sexual abuse of a child (under 18), 5. Child living in a home where safety standards whether physical injuries are sustained or 410-887-6368 put the child’s health or welfare at substantial not, means any act that involves sexual risk of harm. Office of Pupil Personnel Services molestation or exploitation of a child by a 410-887-0404 Neglect referrals are investigated by Baltimore Office of Psychological Services Baltimore County parent or other person who has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsi- County Department of Social Services. Situations 410-887-0303 Public Schools bility for supervision of a child, or by any which do not meet the criteria for acceptance as ne- glect may be referred to appropriate school resources Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools 6901 Charles Street household member, or family member. (e.g., Pupil Personnel Worker or school-based per- Sexual abuse includes, but is not limited to: 410-887-6439 Towson, MD 21204 sonnel such as school nurse, school counselor, school incest, rape, or sexual offense in any de- social worker, etc.). Office of School Social Work Services gree; sodomy; and unnatural or perverted 410-887-0305 FOR ANY PERSON 18 YEARS OLD OR OVER, sexual practices. CONSULTATION FOR SITUATIONS IN- B. NEGLECT: The leaving of a child VOLVING ABUSE OR NEGLECT SHOULD BE (under 8) unattended, or other failure to SOUGHT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF give proper care and attention to a child by SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS). any parent or other person who has September 07 1. CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES student intern following a limited inquiry by II. PENALTY County Public Schools shall orally report sus- the principal or office head to determine the Any employee, volunteer, student teacher, or pected child abuse or neglect to Child Protective Baltimore County Department of Social Services Drumcastle Government Center facts of the allegations. The incident form student intern who knowingly fails to report sus- Services, Baltimore County DSS (410-853- will be forwarded to the appropriate Area pected child abuse or neglect is subject to sus- 3000). In case of abuse, if unable to contact 6401 York Road Baltimore, MD 21212 Assistant Superintendent, to the Assistant pension or dismissal and/or revocation of Mary- CPS/DSS, oral reports shall be made to the Bal- Superintendent of Human Resources, to the land certificate issued by the Maryland State timore County Police Department, Family 410-853-3000 ext. 1 Superintendent’s Designee (Multi-D Repre- Department of Education and/or Maryland Crimes Unit (410-853-3650) or Fax (410-853- 2. Office of Pupil Personnel Services sentative), and the Office of Risk Manage- license to practice issued by the Department of 3688). Baltimore County Public Schools ment. Health and Mental Hygiene. 2. To facilitate this reporting procedure, employ- 9610 Pulaski Park Dr., Suite 219 III. IMMUNITY ees, volunteers, student teachers, or student in- Middle River, MD 21220 The employee may neither be notified of the Any employee, volunteer, student teacher, or terns may consult with administrators, counsel- 410-887-0404 accusation nor interviewed by the principal student intern who, in good faith, participates in ors, nurses, school social workers, pupil person- 3. State’s Attorney for Baltimore County until an investigation has been conducted by the making of a report or the investigation of nel workers, or psychologists to assist in this DSS or the Police Department. After consul- (ABUSE REPORTS ONLY) child abuse or neglect, or in any judicial pro- reporting process. Using this support system Court House — 300 Washington Avenue tation with the appropriate Area Assistant ceedings, is immune from any civil liability or does not release employees or volunteers from Superintendent, the principal will take ad- Towson, MD 21204 criminal penalty. A good faith report is based their obligation to make sure the referral is com- ministrative steps to remove the accused upon honest beliefs, absence of malice, and no pleted as required. 4. School Principal person from contact with students while ex- conscious attempt to falsify information. ternal and/or internal investigations take 3. At the time an oral report is made, the referring C. CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVIES LIAISON place. IV. REPORTING GENERAL INFORMATION persons should have available the following in- The child protective services liaison (CPS Liaison) formation to facilitate prompt investigation. serves as a point of contact for all Child Protective A. Consultation services to all employees, volun- Cases not accepted by DSS or not meeting a Name, Address, Telephone Number, and Birth Services/Police Department Investigative Person- teers, student teachers, or student interns are criminal standard shall be assessed to deter- Date of Child; if at all possible, Name(s) and nel visits to the school. The CPS liaison is an iden- available from Child Protective Services, Balti- mine whether inappropriate behavior by an School(s) of other known siblings; and Names, tified member of the school-based Pupil Services more County Department of Social Services at employee towards a student has occurred. Addresses, and Telephone Numbers of the Par- Team who will facilitate the interviews and subse- 410-853-3000. Inappropriate behavior is defined as unpro- ent(s)/Caretaker(s). quent services of a Baltimore County Department fessional acts committed toward students by B. Any person who has reason to believe that a of Social Services’ CPS social worker and/or Balti- 4. For abuse reports made outside of business school employees, substitutes, volunteers, child has been subjected to abuse, on or off more County Police Department Personnel follow- hours, call 911. student teachers, or student interns . These school property by a parent, guardian, caretaker, ing a report of child abuse or neglect. behaviors may include willful acts of mis- or a household or family member shall notify 5. Clarifications of whether or not a specific situa- VI. SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT BY conduct, deliberate violations, or disregard of Baltimore County Department of Social Services tion regarding suspected child abuse or neglect SCHOOL PERSONNEL standards of behavior that the employer has or the appropriate law enforcement agency as is to be reported should be resolved through con- If the suspected abuser/neglector is an employee, the right to expect of any employee. When soon as possible. sultation with Child Protective Services, Screen- student teacher, or volunteer of Baltimore County inappropriate behavior is suspected, the As- ing Unit, Baltimore County DSS, at 410-853- Public Schools, the same reporting procedures as sistant Superintendent of Human Resources C. Any person who has reason to believe a child 3000. Any doubt about reporting a suspected has been neglected by a parent, guardian, or cus- listed in Sections V and VI are to be followed. conducts an internal investigation. Appropri- situation is to be resolved in favor of the child However, if the suspected abuse/neglector is a ate disciplinary action may be recommended todial person shall notify Baltimore County De- and the report made immediately. partment of Social Services as soon as possible. School administrator (as with any other suspected to the Deputy Superintendent, Business Ser- 6. The local school principal should be informed abuser/neglector), the administrator shall not be vices. V. PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING that a case of suspected child abuse or neglect notified of the report with consultation and agree- The procedures below are to be followed in sus- VII. INVESTIGATION has been reported. ment by Baltimore County Department of Social pected physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect Baltimore County Public School employees, Services and the appropriate law enforcement cases. B. WRITTEN REPORT volunteers, student teachers, or student in- agency. Additionally, Board of Education Policy The person making the oral report, whether to terns have an obligation to reasonably cooper- 4004 requires that an “Internal Incident Report A. ORAL REPORT: (EACH INCIDENT OF DSS or to the police, is also responsible for sub- ate with Child Protective Services, Depart- form for the Employee suspected of Child Abuse, SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT mitting a written report. A written report must ment of Social Services and/or the Baltimore Neglect, or Inappropriate Behavior toward a Stu- SHOULD BE REPORTED SEPARATELY.) follow the oral report within 48 hours of the con- County Police Department in child abuse and dent” must be completed immediately by the Prin- 1. Between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on tact which disclosed the existence of possible child neglect investigations. Failure to coop- cipal or office head in all cases of suspected child business days, all employees, volunteers, student abuse or neglect. A copy of the written report erate with the Department of Social Services abuse and /or neglect toward a student by an em- teachers, or student interns of the Baltimore shall be sent to each of the following: and/or the Baltimore County Police Depart- ployee, substitute, volunteer, student teacher, or ment will be considered misconduct in office.
Pages to are hidden for
"Child abuse and neglect brochure"Please download to view full document