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Districts Must Annually Train Employees to Comply With Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act Requirements

The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (“Act”) requires all “mandated reporters” to notify designated law enforcement agencies if they reasonably believe that a child is being abused or neglected.  Mandated reporters include teachers, school district administrative staff, and many other educational positions.

As of January 1, 2015, Education Code section 44691 was amended to require that the State Department of Education develop an online training program that school districts and county offices of education can use to educate their staff about child abuse and neglect, including their mandatory reporting duties under the Act.

In turn, districts and county education offices must require their employees to complete the online training program annually.  If the online training program is not used, the agency must report the training used in its place.  Districts and county education offices must obtain proof of this training from each employee, and the training must be completed within the first six weeks of the school year.

This is not an exhaustive list of all of the requirements contained in Section 44691.  If you have any questions about Section 44691, or any legal issue affecting your school district or county office of education, please contact Kingsley Bogard LLP.

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