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19 Mar

When Do You Report abuse?

Child abuse must be reported when one who is a legally mandated reporter “…has knowledge of or observes a child in his or her professional capacity, or within the scope of his or her employment whom he or she knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect…” (P.C. 11166(a)). “Reasonable

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14 Mar

What is Child Abuse according to the state of California?

The Penal Code (P.C.) defines child abuse as: “a physical injury inflicted by other than accidental means on a child by another person.” It also includes emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or abuse in out-of-home care. Child abuse does not include a “mutual affray between minors,” “reasonable and necessary force used by a peace officer”

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06 Mar

Why Must You Report abuse?

The primary intent of the reporting law is to protect the child. Protecting the identified child may also provide the opportunity to protect other children in the home. It is equally important to provide help for the suspected abuser. The report of abuse may be a catalyst for bringing about change in the home environment,

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02 Mar

When was the first child abuse reporting law in California enacted?

The first child abuse reporting law in California was enacted in 1963. The early laws mandated only physicians to report physical abuse. Over the years, numerous amendments have expanded the definition of child abuse and the persons required to report. Procedures for reporting categories of child abuse have also been clarified.

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15 Feb

Should you report what you hear to an adult or use an anonymous source?

You should also tell your child to have the courage to speak to a teacher, counselor, principal, school security guard, or school police officer, if they hear about other students talking about guns, hurting or killing other students, revenge, or any related threatening language, without having to wait to tell you first. Many schools have

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10 Feb

What is ALICE training for teachers and schools?

The program teaches school staff that they have choices, including fighting back as a last resort. That action can range from distracting the attacker, throwing books or something heavier, or group-tackling. About a quarter of schools in the country — 3,700 — have had ALICE training, according to the organization. The quick actions of teachers

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08 Feb

Are Mass Shootings Forcing Schools To Re-Evaluate Safety?

Yes! By some estimates, there’s a school shooting about once a week in America, so districts are preparing emergency plans. About two-thirds of all school districts in the county conduct active-shooter exercises and nearly all of them have a plan if a shooter comes into the school, according to a report by the Government Accountability

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05 Feb

How often does a child die from gun violence in the U.S.?

One child or teen dies from a gun every 3 hours and 28 minutes. Gun violence saturates our children’s lives and remain the second leading cause of death for children and teens ages 1-19. More children and teens die from guns every three days than died in the Newtown massacre. The number of children under

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11 Dec

How can I keep my child safe around holiday decorations?

Be alert! During the holiday frenzy, it’s easy to overlook safety precautions. But while you’re busy wrapping presents, lighting candles, or trimming the tree, it’s important to keep the following hazards in mind: Buttons, baubles, and ornaments are choking hazards. Babies and very young children will put almost anything in their mouth, so be careful

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05 Dec

Can antique toys contain lead?

Yes, be careful when allowing your child to play with old or antique toys that might be present within a friend and family members home. Do not allow your child to put these types of toys in their mouth, and offer newer toys that are safe for teething as an alternative. If you suspect a

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