Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect. Clinton Community School District August 26, 2011. Persons Required to Report. Any person employed by the district who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or
Clinton Community School District
August 26, 2011
All states require certain professionals and institutions to report suspected child abuse.
Extent of the knowledge triggering the duty to report varies. Wisconsin statutes call for reporting upon a mere “reasonable cause to believe” or a “reasonable suspicion.”
Confidentiality and Privileges. Some statutes expressly provide that all confidential privileges are abrogated. The clergy/penitent exception, is strictly defined and will not apply if a clergyman is acting in another role, i.e. a health practitioner or teacher.
Wisconsin requires the report to be made to Rock County Department of Social Services immediately the day of the discovery of incident.
The following procedures are to be used in referring suspected child abuse cases:
6. All appropriate school personnel shall be available to provide supportive services when this is part of the student plan.
7. Any repeated suspected child abuse incidents will be reported as outlined above.
8. If there are no significant changes from the standpoint of the school following a referral, the school principal may request a new status report.
Detailed documents regarding Mandatory Reporting are also available on the World Wide Web: