New Child Abuse and Neglect Policy Approved
On June 29, the Board of Education approved changes to Policy JHC, Child Abuse and Neglect. These changes had been tentatively approved by the Board on April 27; the revised policy had been sent out then for public comment. The policy guides Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) procedures and protocols related to recognizing, reporting, and preventing suspected child abuse and neglect of students. The revised policy outlined strategies for ensuring that:
All employees understand and are held accountable for the highest ethical standards in their conduct, as well as adhering to legal mandates and the moral imperative to recognize report, and prevent suspected child abuse and neglect;
Children and vulnerable adults who are alleged victims of abuse and/or neglect are supported;
Human resource management systems and processes for screening new and existing employees are developed;
Professional learning for MCPS employees is developed and implemented; and
Opportunities are provided for parents, outside contractors, volunteers, and the broader community to develop awareness on recognizing, reporting, and preventing abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults.