School City of East Chicago
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8462 - CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Mandatory Reporting Responsibility

Pursuant to the State of Indiana Criminal Code Section 31.33.5.2; any individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect must make a report. If an individual is required to make a report under this article in the individual’s capacity as a member of the staff of the school, the individual shall immediately notify the individual in charge of the school or the designated agent of the individual in charge of the school, who also becomes responsible to report or cause a report to be made.

Failure to report Child Abuse or Neglect is a violation of Indiana Criminal Law. Simply telling another employee at a school is not enough to protect yourself from criminal liability. It is every School City of East Chicago (SCEC) employee’s obligation to report observed or suspected child abuse and/or neglect. Anyone who reports suspected abuse or neglect in ‘good faith’ is protected from civil and criminal litigation. Good faith in legal terminology refers to the use of honesty and best efforts in dealings with others.

Any incident in which a child’s physical or mental health is seriously endangered due to injury by the act or omission of the child’s parent, guardian or custodian, which is reported by a SCEC employee, will be referred to the Indiana Department of Child Services and/or law enforcement authorities for investigation.

SCEC Protocol for Reporting Allegations of Child Abuse or Neglect

Specific to their role and responsibilities as a SCEC employee; any details involving an allegation of child abuse or neglect must be reported directly to their assigned school or facility administrator and to their immediate supervisor if applicable.

If a school administrator is not available, the SCEC employee is required to immediately contact their School Safety Manager or the Director of Security to report this same information.

Notification by text, email, or telephone ‘message’ is not acceptable.

Information concerning alleged child abuse or neglect of a student is confidential information and is not to be shared with anyone other than the administrator, School Safety Managers, and the reporting agency. Any staff member who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary actions.

After a School Administrator has received a report of an allegation of child abuse or neglect:

 A.They will immediately contact and brief their School Safety Manager or the Director of Security concerning the report and assist them in taking any immediate action to collect any further details which will be necessary to accurately evaluate and report this allegation. This collection process must be completed in a reasonable and exigent time frame to ensure for the safety and security of the alleged victim.

 B.They will immediately contact the Director of Human Resources to make an initial notification concerning their receipt of an allegation involving a student or employee and to provide a projected completion time for their information collection process.

 C.Upon completing the collection process, the school administrator(s) and the School Safety Manger will contact the Directors of Human Resources and Security to provide a final summary and evaluation of available information and to consult directly with them to determine the applicable course of action in response to this allegation pursuant to Indiana Criminal Code.

Following this consultation, if applicable; the school administrator will be responsible to contact the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) and the School Safety Manager or Director of Security will be responsible to contact law enforcement authorities to report the allegation of suspected child abuse or neglect.

Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect are to be made to the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) via telephone contact 1-800-800-5556, twenty-four (24) hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Director of Human Resources and/or the Director of Security will be responsible to notify and continue to update the SCEC Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent regarding all allegations of child abuse or neglect to include all subsequent actions taken both internally and with applicable outside authorities to address, investigate, and resolve the allegation.

Revised 7/31/17

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