Policy 504.7 - Identifying and Reporting Child And Dependent Adult Abuse

IDENTIFYING AND REPORTING CHILD AND DEPENDENT ADULT ABUSE

It is the policy of the Lewis Central School District that any licensed employee, certified para-educator, instructor employed by a community college or holder of a coaching authorization, who has a reasonable belief that a child under the age of 18 has been abused by a person responsible for the care of the child, as defined by law, shall report each incident of suspected abuse verbally to the Department of Human Service (DHS) within twenty-four hours, and follow the verbal report with a written report on appropriate forms. In addition, any licensed employee, certified para-educator, instructor employed by a community college, or holder of a coaching authorization, who has a reasonable belief that a child under the age of 12 has been sexually abused by anyone, shall contact the Department of Human Services and report that suspicion as well.

The reporting of suspected abuse of children by nonlicensed employees is encouraged. The failure on the part of an employee who is a mandatory reporter to make a report as required by law may subject the employee to disciplinary sanctions up to and including discharge. 

It is also the policy of the Lewis Central School District that reports of child abuse remain confidential, as required by law.

The Lewis Central School District shall provide the training required by law in the identification and reporting of child abuse, to all mandatory reporters employed by the school within six months of initial employment. The school shall also provide each new employee, who is a mandatory reporter, with the legal requirements of child abuse reporting within one month of initial employment.

The Lewis Central School District administration and staff will cooperate fully with DHS personnel in conducting a child abuse investigation by providing confidential access to the child named in the report, and to other children alleged to have relevant information, for the purpose of interviews. The Lewis Central School District recognizes no obligation to contact the parents or guardians of a child suspected to be a victim of abuse.

Adopted: Unknown
Modified: 05/22/89; 06/19/89; 06/18/90; 10/15/18
Reviewed: 04/18/94; 12/03/07; 09/09/13; 10/01/18

Legal Reference: Iowa Code 232.68, 69, 70, 71(6)

Cross Reference: None

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