JLF – Reporting Child Abuse

Each school employee,  designated volunteer, or contracted service provider having reason to suspect that a child is being or has been abused or neglected, shall immediately report (or have the Principal or designee report) his/her suspicions to the Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Central Intake Unit, and the Building Principal or designee. Reporting to the Principal, etc., will not cause any undue delay (measured in minutes) of the required reports to DCYF/law enforcement.

To report child abuse or neglect to DCYF, call 24/7 (800) 894-5533 (in state) or (603) 271-6562.  In cases of current emergency or imminent danger, call 911.

After business hours, if the employee believes the child is in imminent danger, a call must be made to the local police department.  New Hampshire state law, RSA 169-C, the Child Protection Act, states that any person who has reason to suspect that a child under the age of 18 has been abused and/or neglected, must make a report to the Division of Children, Youth, and Families.  RSA 169-C:30 requires an oral report to be made immediately and permits DCYF to request a written report within 48 hours.

Staff training is required on an annual basis on how to identify and report suspected child abuse and neglect.

Legal References:

            NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.04(a)(10), Reporting of Suspected Abuse or Neglect
            NH Code of Administrative Rules, Code of Conduct for NH Educators, Ed 510.05(e), Duty to Report
            RSA 169-C:29, Persons Required to Report
            RSA 169-C:30, Nature and Content of Report
            RSA 169-C:31, Immunity from Liability
            RSA 169-C:34, III, Duties of the Department of Health and Human Services

Category:  Priority Policy – Required by Law

Related Policies:  GBEBA, IJOC, JICK

1st Reading:   November 5, 2019
2nd Reading:  November 19, 2019
Adopted:   November 19, 2019