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ERIC Number: ED440341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Cross Cultural Perspectives on Educators' Reporting Practices of Maltreatment: A Discussion Paper on the Situation in England.
Baginsky, Mary
In the United Kingdom, professionals are not legally required to report suspected cases of child abuse. The Children Act (1989) specified that local authorities have a duty to safeguard the welfare of children, but did not make reporting mandatory. It identified specific tasks for teachers in the process of reporting and established joint communication between schools and social service departments. The act moved schools and teachers to acknowledge the responsibility they have in child protection. Government guidelines recommended that schools appoint a staff member who would have responsibility for coordinating action within the school and form the liaison with other agencies. Major concerns voiced by teachers about these directives include: (1) the need for more communication with social service departments; (2) a lack of knowledge about procedures for new teachers; (3) differences of opinion between teachers and social workers about the child's experience of abuse; and (4) an increase in the number of cases for teachers to handle without an increase in supportive services. The paper suggests that for the process to be successful, teachers must feel confident in knowing what to look for in child abuse, social workers must respect the professional judgment of teachers, and structures must be in place to facilitate referrals. (Contains 28 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Children Act 1989 (Great Britain)