On September 29, 2014, California Governor Brown signed AB 1432 into law. This bill requires the State Department of Education to develop and disseminate training on recognizing signs of child abuse for mandated reporters. It also requires school personnel to be trained annually within 6 weeks of the start of the school year or new employment. This is another important step toward protecting our children!
Are you knowledgeable?
Child sexual abuse is predictable and preventable when we surround children with knowledgeable and outspoken adults.
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Child sexual abuse is a crime and cases should never be handled “in-house.”
Pre-establishing your response and being prepared to take bold action includes documenting, communicating, and enforcing the following key policy components:
- What behavior and actions are illegal in your state (and each location where you have a presence)?
- How should your team respond if they observe a child being abused?
- How should your team respond if a child discloses they are being abused by someone at church? At home? Or somewhere else?
- How should your team respond if they suspect a child is being abused but they don't have proof? What would make them suspect?
- How should your team respond to observed, disclosed, or suspected abuse of a child by another child?
- Who are mandated reporters by law in your state (clergy, staff, volunteers)? What is the state's reporting process? What are the consequences for failure to report?
- Does your church have an internal reporting process? Does it comply with state laws? Does it in any way hinder the protection and rescue of a child who is being abused? Does it in any way hinder the evidence collection process or legal investigation?
- What is your reporting policy for staff members who are not mandated reporters (i.e. volunteers)?
- How do you handle child sexual abuse that is disclosed during privileged communication with a member of clergy? Do you report it to the authorities anyway?
- What are your organizational consequences for staff, volunteers, and/or congregation members who are accused of child sexual abuse? During an active investigation? If there is not enough evidence to convict? If there is not enough evidence for the police to file charges?
- What is your organizational policy for inappropriate behavior that falls short of breaking the law? Who is to be notified and what are the consequences?
I have included links below to some basic resources that will help you and your team understand when you need to report abuse.
So many mothers are feeling the devastation of losing their children as "the system" that was designed to protect them fails and even facilitates their abuse. Robin has so beautifully expressed the pain and helplessness I'm sure so many mothers feel. Thank you Robin for being so vulnerable and willing to share with others so they won't feel alone.
Sharing post from Safe Kids Social Media Court Watch...
PLEASE take just a moment of your valuable HOLIDAY time to do something sooooo important--help save a little boy by calling Judge Bonnie Crane Hellums. The hearing is in Harris County Texas tomorrow 9:30 am so there is little time SO PLEASE ACT NOW!