Is your suspicion of child abuse reasonable?

Last month I attended the retirement party for Steve Cooley, the former District Attorney of Los Angeles, (don’t ask it’s a long story how I got there) where I stumbled upon the topic of reasonable suspicion with one of the guests at my table.   The guest was a professor at one of the prestigious southern California Read more about Is your suspicion of child abuse reasonable?[…]

Do we have to let students suspected of child abuse be interviewed by social services at school?

Child abuse is a very serious issue and sometimes the abuse happens at home.  The school has become a safe place for students to talk with authorities. So, do you have to let students be interviewed at school?  In California, the short answer is “yes.”  There are a few provisions that you should be aware Read more about Do we have to let students suspected of child abuse be interviewed by social services at school?[…]

Can I leave my kids in the car while I run in the to pick up my paycheck?

This is issue arises often in the crowded cities of California.  Parking is limited, tough to find and many times very expensive.  There are some occasions where district employees have left children in vehicles while conducting official business due to a lack of childcare.  It is important to have appropriate rules for “children in the Read more about Can I leave my kids in the car while I run in the to pick up my paycheck?[…]

Can I fulfill my mandated reporting duties by reporting to a school police officer?

The short answer is “no.”  Many of us turn to the School Resource Officer and that can get us in trouble in a hurry.  School police and school resource officers are specifically excluded from accepting reports from a mandated reporter under California Penal Code section 11165.9 11165.9. Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect shall Read more about Can I fulfill my mandated reporting duties by reporting to a school police officer?[…]

What are mandated reporters?

Mandated Reporters are people employed in several vocations that are required under the California Penal Code to report certain child abuse, child neglect, sexual molestation and other violations against children to law enforcement.  The definition of mandated reporter is governed by Section 11165.7.  See below: 11165.7. (a) As used in this article, “mandated reporter” is Read more about What are mandated reporters?[…]