Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
All staff working with children are mandated by the State of California to report any suspected child abuse or neglect. Reports, by law, are made without prior notification to parents, to the Protective Services Division of the local Department of Social Services. Signs of abuse and neglect include, but are not limited to: bruises, burns, prolonged inability of the child to interact with or relate to staff and/or children, or inflammation or other abnormal appearance of genitals.
We ask that you tell us the cause of visible bruises, etc. that have been incurred at home, and we in turn will notify you of the circumstances surrounding any injuries sustained at school.
One other item considered to be child neglect is leaving an unattended child in a car. If a staff member observes an unattended child in a car, she or he will mention it to the child’s parent.
We earnestly wish to work in partnership with parents. For further information regarding the Child Abuse Reporting law, you may consult the Attorney General’s Child Abuse Prevention Handbook in the Children’s Center Office.