Indiana Teachers Must Follow New Child Abuse Reporting Requirement
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – There’s a significant change in child abuse reporting requirements for Indiana teachers.
A law passed earlier this year now requires teacher to report suspected abuse or neglect directly to the Indiana Department of Child Services or police instead of informing a school administrator first.
Republican State Senator Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) says the change was made because there’s been a history of some abuse not being reported. The law prohibits schools from implementing policies that might restrict or delay an employee from reporting abuse.
The law also requires Indiana schools to start providing age-appropriate child abuse education to all K through 12 students.
A DCS annual report published last week found that 77 children died of abuse or neglect in Indiana in state fiscal year 2015.
The Indiana Department of Child Services protects children from abuse and neglect and works to ensure the financial support of children. If you are suspect abuse or neglect, call the Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline at 800-800-5556 or the Child Support Customer Service Kidsline at 800-840-8757 or 317-233-5437, or visit www.in.gov/dcs.