ERIC Number: ED333594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
The Principal's Role in Reporting Child Abuse.
Here's How, v9 n6 Jun 1991
The role of the principal in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect is discussed in this bulletin. Although all 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws that require educators to report cases in which they have knowledge or reasonable cause to suspect child abuse, passage of legislation does not always lead to compliance. Reasons for administrators' failure to report include fear of damage to school-family relations and of legal ramifications, preferences for internal resolution and personal investigation, unclear definitions of abuse, perceptions of futility, and animosity toward some government agencies. Suggestions for dealing with abuse cases involving school employees are discussed, which include establishing a school policy for reporting that is consistent with state laws, providing staff training and proactive leadership, and generating community awareness. A conclusion is that educators have ethical, moral, and legal responsibilities to report suspected cases of child abuse. Examples from a survey of teachers' intentions to report are included. (9 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Elementary Education, Family Violence, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Principals, Sexual Abuse
Publications, National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($2.50; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.