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Policy: JG
Recognizing And Reporting Suspected Child Abuse And Neglect


It shall be the policy of the Lyme School District to comply with the requirements of RSA 169-C in reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. Further, it is the policy of the district to cooperate with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families child protection social workers and law enforcement agencies in the course of investigations into alleged child abuse or neglect as outlined in RSA 169-C.

Attachment: RSA 169-C:29

ADOPTED: 10 March 1994
REVISED: 28 February 2002 (1st reading 10/25/01) (2nd reading 2/28/02)
Approved: 2/28/02

 

169-C:29. Persons Required to Report
Any physician, surgeon, county medical examiner, psychiatrist, resident, intern, dentist, osteopath, optometrist, chiropractor, psychologist, therapist, registered nurse, hospital personnel (engaged in admission, examination, care and treatment of persons), Christian Science practitioner, teacher, school official, school nurse, school counselor, social worker, day care worker, any other child or foster care worker, law enforcement official, priest, minister, or rabbi or any other person having reason to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected shall report the same in accordance with this chapter.

 

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE CHILD PROTECTION ACT, RSA 169-C

1. All citizens of New Hampshire are mandated to make an oral report of any suspected child abuse immediately to the New Hampshire Division for Children and Youth Services (DCYS), a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services. School personnel are specifically identified as mandated reporters.

Such an oral report is to be followed within 48 hours by a written report, if requested, to DCYS.

2. Failure to report suspected child abuse is a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year imprisonment.

3. Anyone making a report of suspected child abuse in good faith is immune from any form of civil or criminal liability.

4. The Division for Children and Youth Services is the state agency mandated to receive and assess reports of suspected child abuse to determine whether abuse is occurring. This responsibility does not lie with the school.

5. Schools must allow trained DCYS child protection social workers (CPSW) and law enforcement personnel to enter school facilities, interview students, and audio- or videotape the interview without the consent or notification of the parent or parents of a child if there is suspicion that the child has been abuse or neglected.

6. Schools must allow the CPSW doing the assessment to take, or cause to be taken,
photographs and/or x-rays of injured children who are subjects of a child abuse report. Such photographs or x-rays may be taken without the consent of the child's parents or guardians.

7. DCYS may request and shall receive any assistance and information from schools that will enable it to fulfill its obligations to complete an assessment of alleged child abuse.


PREPARED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S TASK FORCE ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, APRIL, 1993