Child abuse and neglect brochure by ojd96442


									                                                                          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

•   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
    EDUCATION ARTICLE § 6-107, 108,
                                                  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.

    13A.12.05.02C (4)
                                                  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
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.

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