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Child Abuse Prevention

The Los Angeles County Board of Education recognizes Los Angeles County Office of Education's (LACOE) responsibility to educate students about the dangers of child abuse so that they will acquire the skills and techniques needed to identify unsafe situations and to react appropriately and promptly.

LACOE's instructional program shall include age-appropriate and culturally sensitive child abuse prevention curriculum. This curriculum shall explain students' right to live free of abuse, inform them of available support resources, and teach them how to obtain help and disclose incidents of abuse. The curriculum shall also include training in self-protection techniques.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

Child Abuse Reporting

The County Board recognizes that child abuse has severe consequences and that LACOE has a responsibility to protect students by facilitating the prompt reporting of known and suspected incidents of child abuse. The County Superintendent or designee will establish procedures for the identification and reporting of such incidents in accordance with law.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

Employees who are mandated reporters, as defined by law and administrative regulation, are obligated to report all known or suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect. Mandated reporters shall cooperate with agencies responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases of child abuse and neglect.

Before beginning employment, any person who will be a mandated reporter by virtue of his/her position shall sign a statement indicating that he/she has knowledge of the reporting obligations under Penal Code 11166 and will comply with those provisions. The signed statement shall be retained by the County Superintendent or designee. (Penal Code 11166.5)

The Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools or designee shall provide training regarding the reporting duties of mandated reporters.

In the event that training is not provided to mandated reporters, the County Superintendent or designee shall report to the California Department of Education the reasons that such training is not provided. (Penal Code 11165.7)

LACOE employees who fail to report such abuse or neglect may be subject to criminal or civil penalties as well as disciplinary action by LACOE. LACOE employees who unlawfully disclose information from abuse/neglect reports may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

Incidents Reporting at Head Start Delegate Agencies and Child Care Partners

All Head Start and Early Head Start delegate agencies shall protect and safeguard the immediate health, safety, and personal rights of its students as defined by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (CCL). Delegate agencies must make immediate reports to LACOE of any suspected acts of child abuse or any unusual incidents that threaten the safety of the children, especially if delegate agency staff is involved. Delegate agencies shall adopt a policy consistent with this policy for reporting suspected abuse or unusual incidents.

Any such acts committed by employees of Head Start and Early Head Start delegate agencies that violate the Health and Safety Code and the Head Start Performance Standards, whether due to carelessness or intentional disregard of the health, safety, and personal rights of its students, shall not be tolerated by the delegate agency. Violations of this policy shall subject the delegate agency to restrictions and penalties including, but not limited to, suspensions and termination of the agency's contract with LACOE.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

32280-32288 Comprehensive school safety plans

33308.1 Guidelines on procedure for filing child abuse complaints

44690-44691 Staff development in the detection of child abuse and neglect

44807 Duty concerning conduct of students

48906 Notification when student released to peace officer

48987 Dissemination of reporting guidelines to parents

49001 Prohibition of corporal punishment

51220.5 Parenting skills education

PENAL CODE

152.3 Duty to report murder, rape, or lewd or lascivious act

273a Willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment of child; endangering life or health

288 Definition of lewd or lascivious act requiring reporting

11164-11174.4 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE

15630-15637 Dependent adult abuse reporting

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

4650 Filing complaints with CDE, special education students

Management Resources:

CDE LEGAL ADVISORIES

0514.93 Guidelines for parents to report suspected child abuse

WEB SITES

California Attorney General's Office, Crime and Violence Prevention Center: http://safestate.org

California Department of Education, Safe Schools: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss

California Department of Social Services, Children and Family Services Division: http://www.childsworld.ca.gov

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information: http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov

Policy LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: April 7, 2015 Downey, California