Providence senator seeking to change child abuse law

March 1, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state senator wants to require that school leaders report suspected child abuse within 24-hours of being told of an allegation.

State Sen. Maryellen Goodwin, a Democrat, introduced the bill on Wednesday to provide clarity on the existing reporting law.

The proposal comes after a misdemeanor conviction of a city elementary school principal for failing to contact the Department of Children, Youth, and Families when multiple students told her a teacher had inappropriately touched them last May.

WPRI-TV reports more than two dozen employees became aware of the case in the weeks following the students’ allegations but failed to contact the agency.

The proposal also would require teachers and other school employees to notify a superior of allegations. School leaders would then be required to contact DCYF.


Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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