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ERIC Number: EJ1097246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr-10
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1207-7798
Children in Need of Protection: Reporting Policies in British Columbia School Boards
Shewchuk, Samantha
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n177 p1-41 Apr 2016
High profile sexual assault cases by British Columbia elementary school teachers in 2010 revealed BC school boards had "disturbingly inconsistent" child protection policies. As a result of the intense media scrutiny, the BC Ministry of Education required all school boards to reassess and update their policies on reporting suspected child abuse. This article presents an analysis of (N = 50) current school board child protection policies and procedures in British Columbia and an exploration of what training, resources, and support school boards state they provide to help teachers recognize and report cases where a child needs protection. The review revealed that most boards had documentation. However, the amount of information provided by each board varied greatly. An analysis of the documents revealed some school board procedures need to be updated to reflect current legislation and expectations regarding child welfare. Policy recommendations are proposed based on the results of the study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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