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Ensuring Student Safety: Preventing Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

 

Montgomery County Public Schools is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all students.  If children do not feel safe, they are far less likely to learn, thrive, and succeed. That is why in June 2015, the Montgomery County Board of Education approved significant changes to Policy JHC—Child Abuse and Neglect. The policy guides Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) procedures and protocols for recognizing, reporting, and preventing suspected child abuse and neglect of students. The revisions to Policy JHC outline 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.

 

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

  • To make a report of child abuse and neglect or mental injury, call Child Welfare Services (240) 777-4417 (24 hours) 
  • To make a report of child sexual abuse, call Child Welfare Services (240) 777-4417 and the Special Victims Investigation Division, Montgomery County Police Department (240) 773-5400 (24 hours)
  • IF IT IS AN EMERGENCY, CALL 911

Student & Family Resources


Volunteer Training Module on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

MCPS values the volunteers who work in our schools to enrich our students’ experiences. As a community, we are mindful of our shared responsibility to create safe, nurturing environments for our students. This training provides guidance for volunteers to help keep students safe.

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Policy, Regulation and Reports

Policy JHC, Child Abuse and Neglect

Regulation JHC-RA  Reporting and Investigating Child Abuse and Neglect

Memorandum of Understanding with Law Enforcement

Reports to the Board of Education on Child Abuse and Neglect

Reports to the Community

Employee Code of Conduct

A Student’s Guide Rights and Responsibilities

Ensuring Student Safety

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