School employees face challenges every day. They work with students and build trusting relationships with them. There may be times that teachers or administrators suspect a child is being abused. There is an outlined process for reporting abuse and neglect, but what happens when a school employee does not follow the protocol?
At the beginning of the school year school employees are trained in reporting suspected abuse and neglect. The reporting procedure is the same; the employee who suspects the abuse or neglect must report it. However, school employees may forget the correct reporting procedure and be accused of failing to report.
While reporting to administration that you believe there is an abuse or neglect situation seems correct, that is not the correct process. Notification to administration is often after the employee who suspects it calls the Department of Children and Families.
While this may be, it is not your decision to investigate or determine whether the accusation has merit. Your responsibilities and obligations are to call and report.
You may face discipline at both the district and state level. It is important to defend yourself against these allegations. Even if you made a mistake and did not follow reporting procedures, you may still be able to negotiate the discipline.
I have represented school employees facing this issue. There may be defenses based on the specific facts of your case.
Yes. I work with school employees all over Florida. I have experience working with all school districts and the Florida Department of Education to successfully defend teachers and school staff facing discipline against their certificate.
Richard Asselta defends school administration and teachers against accusations of misconduct and discipline at the school, district, and state level. Call today for a free consultation. (855) 338-5299
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