ERIC Number: ED113851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Child Abuse: A Teacher's Responsibility to Report.
Recent state legislation aimed at dealing with the problem of child abuse has been confined to statutes affecting the reporting of abuse. The basic objective of these statutes is the identification of the abused child. The statutes all have two fundamental elements: a designated class of persons--teachers, doctors, social workers--who do the reporting, and oral and written reports that are made to officials so they may take action. Reporting statutes should have the following desirable items: (1) language that makes reporting mandatory and penalizes those who neglect to make a report, (2) good faith immunity for all reporters, (3) alternatives to reporting to a law enforcement agency since to allow the report to go to a law enforcement agency would result in further resentment between parent and child, and (4) confidentiality of records and provision for expungement if allegations of abuse are unfounded. This year, under the Federal Child Abuse and Prevention Act, the federal government assumed the responsibility for providing more effective assistance to state, local, and voluntary agencies in order to strengthen services to the abused child and his family. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Noninstructional Responsibility, School Law, School Role, State Legislation
Available only as part of complete document, see EA 007 648
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Note: Chapter 18 of EA 007 648