All adults have a responsibility to keep kids safe. However, as a teacher you have the unique role of seeing a child every day outside of their home environment. This makes you more likely to notice changes that may indicate abuse. You are also legally responsible for reporting abuse. Add to that the pressure of testing, parents and standards and suddenly your days become a battle between the “tyranny of the urgent” and the “crisis of the immediate.” Do you really have time to act on that uneasy feeling you have about a student? It is natural to feel overwhelmed. Don’t let that stop you. If you take the time to be informed by reviewing this website and build skills through online training you will confidently be able to recognize, report and respond to child abuse and neglect.
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