GBN - LRSD Board Policy

Published by jackbgarvey on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:14
According to Arkansas state law 12-12-507, the following school district employees are designated as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and maltreatment:
  1. a school official
  2. a teacher
  3. a licensed nurse
  4. a school counselor
  5. a school social worker
  6. a day care center worker
It is the statutory duty of these designated school district employees who have reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or maltreatment to directly and personally report these suspicions to the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline, by calling 1-800-482-5964. In cases where the student is over the age 18, suspicions should be reported to the Adult Abuse Hotline at 1-800-482-8049. Failure to report suspected child abuse, maltreatment or neglect by calling the Hotline can lead to criminal prosecution and individual civil liability of the person who has this duty. Notification of local or state law enforcement doesnot satisfy the duty to report; only notification by means of the Child Abuse Hotline discharges this duty.
The duty to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment is a direct and personal duty, and cannot be assigned or delegated to another person. There is no duty to investigate, confirm or substantiate statements a student may have made which form the basis of the reasonable cause to believe that the student may have been abused or subjected to maltreatment by another person; however, a person with a duty to report may find it helpful to make a limited inquiry to assist in the formation of a belief that child abuse, maltreatment or neglect has occurred, or to rule out such a belief. Employees and volunteers who call the Child Abuse Hotline in good faith are immune from civil liability and criminal prosecution.
By law, no school district or school district employee may prohibit or restrict an employee or volunteer from directly reporting suspected child abuse or maltreatment, or require that any person notify or seek permission from any person before making a report to the Child Abuse Hotline.
Adopted: July 24,2008
Legal References: A.C.A 12-12-504,507,517