Policy 406.1 - Child Abuse Reporting

CHILD ABUSE REPORTING

In compliance with state law and to provide protection to victims of child abuse, the Board of Directors believes incidents of alleged child abuse should be reported to the proper authorities. Employees are encouraged, and licensed employees are required as mandatory reporters, to report alleged incidents of child abuse that they become aware within the scope of their professional practice. The definition of child abuse is in the accompanying regulation.

When a reporter suspects a student is the victim of child abuse, the mandatory reporter shall orally or in writing notify the Iowa Department of Human Services. If the reporter believes the child is in immediate danger, the local law enforcement agency shall also be notified. Within forty-eight hours of the oral report, the reporter shall file a written report with the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Within six months of their initial employment, mandatory reporters shall take a two-hour training course involving the identification and reporting of child abuse. The course shall be re-taken at least every five years.

Adopted:Unknown
Modified:5/22/89; 6/19/89; 6/18/90; 11/21/94
Reviewed:4/18/94; 11/7/94; 02/01/99; 04/19/10; 10/19/15

Legal Reference:Iowa Code §§ 232.67-.77; 235A; 272A; 280.17 (1993).
441 I.A.C. 9.2; 155; 175.
640 I.A.C. 4.9.
1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 275.

Cross Reference:Policy 406.2 Abuse of Students by District Employees
Policy 502.5 Corporal Punishment
Series 504 Student Health and Safety Regulations
Policy Primer Volume 6, Number 3 - May 6, 1993

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