Head Start staff will comply with state law (ORS 419.B-419B.045) requiring staff to report any cases of suspected or identified child abuse. These reports are made to the Department of Human Services – Child Welfare Program (DHS-CWP). Head Start will cooperate fully with DHS-CWP and will not undertake, on its own, to intervene in cases of suspected abuse. Head Start staff will preserve confidentiality of all records pertaining to child abuse in accordance with state law. (See Child/Family Records Policy).
Provision of support and resources to the family to address potential abuse/neglect issues is encouraged. All efforts will be made to provide information on effective positive behavior support and opportunities to discuss future prevention will be addressed by the family services staff person.
Initial contact with DHS/CWP and completion of the ChildPlus child abuse tab within the Family Services domain will occur 100 percent of the time within 24 hours, via either message left or direct contact call to the DHS Report line.
- Document in the report:
- the exact size, shape and color of injuries sustained
- the names and addresses of the child and parent;
- the child’s age;
- the type and extent of the abuse, as well as any previous evidence of abuse;
- the explanation given for the abuse; and any other information that will help establish the cause of abuse or identify the abuser.
- DO NOT photograph injuries, even at the request of a DHS worker. Forward concerns about such requests to Family Service Consultant.
This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45CFR Section 1302.18, 1302.22, 1302.30, 1302.34, 1302.46, 1302.50, 1302.51, 1302.52, 1302.70, 1302.71, 1302.72, 1302.80, 1302.81, 1302.82.
It was approved by Policy Council on September 9, 1997. August 29, 2005. September 12, 2006. November 2017
Updated July 8, 2002. July 1, 2003. May26, 2004. August 12, 2005. June 2006. June 2007. June 2010. September 2017
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