POLICY NO. 5004.1 DATE APPROVED: 2011-10
SUBJECT: Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect
When a School District No. 60 employee has reasonable grounds for suspecting a student has been abused or if a student discloses and makes an allegation, the employee shall follow the steps as outlined in the Regulations attached to this policy.
In reporting incidents of suspected child abuse or neglect, staff will be guided by the provisions of the Child, Family and Community Services Act procedures described in the British Columbia Handbook for Action on Child Abuse and Neglect (www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/child…/pdf/handbook_action_child_abuse).
- Staff must make a report when there is any reason to believe that a child has been or is likely to be abused or neglected, and that the parent is unwilling or unable to protect the child.
1.1 If a child is in immediate danger, call 911 for local police assistance.
1.2 If the suspected abuser is a parent, care giver, student or adult in the community, report the incident to child welfare worker at the local MCFD office.
1.2.1 During working hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
- Children & Family Services, Fort St. John Office 250-263-0121
- Enquiry BC: 1-800-663-7867 and ask for your local MCFD office
1.2.2 After Hours (Monday to Friday 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays)MCFD: 1-800-663-9122
- Helpline for Children – 310-1234 (no area code necessary)
1.3 Inform the Principal that a report has been filed. The Principal will inform the Superintendent that a report has been made to the MCFD.
- If the suspected abuser is a District employee, inform the Principal of the suspected abuse. The Principal will inform the Superintendent. The Superintendent will contact the appropriate authorities.
1.1 No communication is to be made with a suspected abuser. This is the responsibility of the MCFD child welfare worker and/or police.
1.2 Schools must provide a private space where an MCFD child welfare worker can interview children.
1.3 It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the police to investigate and to inform the parents and victims of their concerns. Schools are to direct any inquiries back to these agencies. Schools are not to discuss or release information to any other individuals.
- Annual Review
This procedure of reporting suspected child abuse and neglect will be reviewed with principals and their staff on an annual basis.