SACRAMENTO — A new online tool will give school employees easier access to the training they need to identify and report suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Monday.
The online Child Abuse Mandated Reporting Training lessons teach school employees how to identify suspected cases, the obligation they have to make a report, and the appropriate process to follow when making the report. The self-paced lessons, developed by the California Department of Social Services with input from the California Department of Education, are continuously available at no charge to the public.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our students,” Torlakson said in a news release. “The new online training lessons will help school employees carry out their responsibilities to protect children and take action if they suspect abuse or neglect.”
Starting this year, Assembly Bill 1432, by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, requires every local educational agency to train all its employees each year on what they need to know in order to identify and report suspected child abuse and neglect. “All employees” is defined as teachers, teacher’s aides, classified employees, and all other workers whose duties bring them into direct contact and supervision of students. LEAs must also develop a process to provide proof that employees received training.
The CDE also updated its Child Abuse Prevention Web page to provide LEAs with resources on training, reporting guidelines, and procedures and other information to create safe environments for children.