Child Abuse and Neglect: Prevention, Recognition, and Reporting

Published: 7/10/2017 8:44 AM

Background  

During the 2015 Regular Session of the General Assembly, Senate Bill 119 passed, amending KRS 156.095 which requires the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to develop and maintain a list of approved comprehensive evidence-informed trainings on child abuse and neglect prevention, recognition, and reporting that encompass child physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect. 

Training Mandate 
Each local school board shall adopt one or more trainings from the list approved by the Department of Education to be implemented by schools.  All current school administrators, certified personnel, office staff, instructional assistants, and coaches and extracurricular sponsors who are employed by the school district shall complete the implemented training or trainings by January 31, 2017, and then every two years after. 
 
All school administrators, certified personnel, office staff, instructional assistants, and coaches and extracurricular sponsors who are employed by the school district hired after January 31, 2017, shall complete the implemented training or trainings within ninety (90) days of being hired and then every two years after. 
 
The trainings shall be Web-based or in-person and cover, at a minimum, the following topics:
 
  1. Recognizing child physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect;
  2. Reporting suspected child abuse and neglect in Kentucky as required by KRS 620.030 and the appropriate documentation;
  3. Responding to the child; and
  4. Understanding the response of child protective services.


The trainings shall include a questionnaire or other basic assessment tool upon completion to document basic knowledge of training components. 

Every public school shall prominently display the statewide child abuse hotline number administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Contact Information
For more information on correspondence relating to the implementation of SB119 and mandates for educator professional development requirements, contact Zack Marinelli, zack.marinelli@education.ky.gov.
 
For more information regarding child abuse and neglect reporting, investigation or state protocol, please contact the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Zack Marinelli
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Next Generation Professionals
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1479
Fax (502) 564-4007