ERIC Number: ED474646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Developing Policies and Procedures for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect.
Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE), the Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (P&A) and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) jointly developed this guide on child abuse and neglect. It is designed to assist school districts in adopting written policy and procedures related to the reporting and investigation of abuse and neglect. School personnel are in a unique position to observe or detect symptoms of abuse or neglect. Therefore, it is important, and legally mandated, for school districts to have an established policy to facilitate the rapid and coordinated response to a suspected case of abuse or neglect. While the general theme of the policy is universal, each school district must develop, or revise, its own policy and procedures based on its unique characteristics, organizational structure, strengths and constraints. It is hoped that this booklet will assist in the promulgation of such policies or procedures. This booklet is divided into several sections: Introduction; DCF; P&A; and Guidelines. Where appropriate, each lists either specific statutory citations or "best practices" references. For ease of reading, statutory language may be paraphrased. "Best Practices" notations are not statutory mandates but indicate the administrative procedures currently in use by either DCF or P&A. (Author)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Legal Responsibility, Policy Formation, School Role
For full text: http://www.state.ct.us/sde/deps/special/abuse.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut