Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting and Training
Item No. 1: Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting and Training
Wisconsin Act 81, effective December 9, 2011, requires all employees of Wisconsin public school districts to report suspected child abuse and neglect. School boards must require all employees to receive training provided by the Department of Public Instruction within six months of initial hiring and at least every five years thereafter. Initial training of all public school employees must occur no later than June 9, 2012.
Note: While contracted individuals are typically not considered to be school employees, we advise school districts to review their contract language and, if necessary, consult with their legal counsel to determine the status of contracted school staff.
DPI will take the following steps to support implementation of Act 81 by January 31, 2012.
1. Two alternatives will be available to meet the new training requirement:
·A webcast, following which educators will be able to download a certificate to document their viewing.
·A PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes that may be delivered by a local educator or county official. Again, a certificate may be downloaded.
2. A second, optional webcast, recommended for school administrators and pupil services professionals, will provide more in-depth information about the school's role in preventing child maltreatment.
3. DPI will update The School's Role in Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect.
4. A new home page on Child Abuse and Neglect will be established with links to the training noted above and other related resources at http://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/pupil-services/school-social-work/contents/child-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect .
Questions may be directed to Nic Dibble, Education Consultant, School Social Work Services, at (608) 266-0963 or firstname.lastname@example.org.