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Reporting Child Abuse/Child Protection

Procedure for Reporting Child Abuse and/or Neglect

  1. Any staff member who has reason to suspect child abuse or neglect shall report this suspicion immediately to the building principal or program supervisor.
  2. The principal or program supervisor shall report or cause a report to be made orally and immediately to the Department of Social Services, the Office of the State's Attorney, or the Police Department.
    • Elementary, Middle and High School principals or program supervisors are to first report all suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Services.
    • If unable to reach the Department of Social Services, the principal/ program supervisor shall contact the Police Department regarding the suspected child abuse or neglect. If the principal or program supervisor believes that law enforcement is needed immediately, a call shall be placed to the 911 emergency telephone number.
  3. Staff members who have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect shall also complete a written Report of Child Abuse or Neglect form that shall be submitted to the building principal or program supervisor and kept on file in the principal or program supervisor’s office.
    For each report that is made, a request shall be made to the Department of Social Services for written acknowledgment of receipt of the report and for a response stating whether the report shall be investigated. The Department of Social Services' acknowledgement and report shall be attached to the written Report of Child Abuse or Neglect Form.
  4. Contact with the parents/guardians regarding the report will originate with the Department of Social Services, the Office of the State's Attorney, or the Police Department.
  5. Informal discussion with personnel from the Department of Social Services, the Office of the State's Attorney, or the Police Department may be sought to determine whether or not a case should be reported. Assistance may be requested from counselors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, or other District resource persons. The ultimate decision whether to report lies with the building principal or program supervisor.
  6. Any person participating in good faith in making a report of suspected abuse or neglect is immune from any liability, civil or criminal, that otherwise might result.

 

Legal References:

SDCL Chapter 26-8A

Related Policies/Regulations:

KLC/KLC-R – Relations with Social Service Agencies/Investigating Child Abuse
KLG/KLG-R – Relations with Law Enforcement Authorities

 

Regulation   Board Action (formerly 5140.1)
Approved: 04-14-80 18901  
Amended: 02-13-89 24533I  
Revised: 03-22-99 29291  
Revised: 04-22-02 33128  
Reviewed: 05-26-09 35388  
Revised: 04-14-14 36881  
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