Child Abuse Reporters/Chapter 51A (Child Abuse) Reporting Procedure

Child Abuse Reporters

The General Laws of Massachusetts (c.71, s.37L) require school departments to inform staff of reporting requirements for child abuse and neglect as specified in sections 51A to 51F, inclusive, of chapter one hundred and nineteen.  In compliance with Chapter 71, Section 37L; please review the following reporting procedure.

  

Chapter 51A (Child Abuse) Reporting Procedure

 

Steps

Task

Person Responsible

 

1.

 

Any school employee who has reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect of a child, as required by law, will inform the principal/designee.

 

 

School Employee

 

 

 

2.

 

Principal/designee will inform the Superintendent of Schools.    

                      

 

Principal/Designee

 

3.

 

The principal/designee will meet with appropriate personnel (nurse, guidance, teacher(s)) to take the following steps:      

a. Gather information from the child

b. Gather information from people familiar with the situation.

c. Gather information from parents/caregiver.

d. Send the child to the nurse should there exist evidence of abuse.

 

Principal/Designee

 

4.

 

The principal/designee will proceed with the recommendations of the referring individual after conferring with the child protection team, the referring individual, and meeting with or calling the parents (if appropriate).  If it is necessary to file a 51A, the principal/designee will make a telephone report within twenty-four hours, to be followed by the required document to the Department of Social Services within forty-eight hours.

 

 

Principal/Designee

 

 

 

5.

 

Principal/Designee will notify the Superintendent of results of actions.

 

 

Principal/Designee

 

6.

 

 

File report in 51-A file maintained by principal.

 

 

Principal/Designee