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Training Teachers on Reporting to Child Protective Services

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Back to schoolby Terri LaPoint, Health Impact News

As “Back to School” time approaches, parents everywhere are preparing — shopping for school supplies and clothes, adjusting schedules and making arrangements for after-school care.

The public needs to be aware that, while parents get ready to send children back to public school, teachers and staff in the schools are undergoing mandatory training right now that will result in some children being taken from their families, perhaps permanently.

Several sources from within the system have told us that the first 6 weeks of school are the time of year when CPS seizes more children than any other time of the year.

According to the 2015 Child Maltreatment Report from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the highest percentage of reports of child abuse and neglect comes from educational personnel. In 2015, teachers and other school staff made 18.4% of the total reports to CPS, up from 17.7% in 2014. (Source)

Under the guise of “protecting children,” Child Protective Services is training school personnel all over the country about reporting parents for all sorts of things that may be considered “signs of abuse.” While some of these certainly indicate possible abuse and could call for a need for some type of intervention, others were called “ridiculous” by one source who told us things that school staff is to be on the lookout for.

Because they are “mandatory reporters,” teachers and staff are being told that they can lose their jobs, be sued, or go to jail for not reporting things that could happen in any normal, non-abusive household.

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