Policy Code: JH

Adoption Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Review Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

Any employee who knows or reasonably suspects that a child's health or welfare has been or appears to have been harmed as a result of abuse, neglect, and/or sexual molestation, shall report or cause reports to be made in accordance with Utah law (62A-4-503). School employees are immune from any civil and/or criminal liability when reporting, in good faith, suspected child abuse or neglect. Failure on the part of any school employee to report may result in legal and/or district disciplinary action brought against the employee.

It is NOT the responsibility of the school employee to (a) prove that the child has been abused or neglected, or (b) determine whether the child is in need of protection. If a school employee has good reason to suspect child abuse or neglect, the employee shall immediately notify the nearest peace officer, law enforcement agency or officer of the Division of Family Services. The school employee shall also notify an immediate supervisor. School employees shall not make contact with the child's family or other persons (relatives, friends, neighbors, etc.) for the purpose of determining the cause of injury and/or apparent neglect. All information gathered pertaining to the suspected case of child abuse/neglect shall remain confidential.