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JHC, Child Abuse and Neglect

About this Policy

Policy: JHC

Last revised: June 29, 2015

Purpose

The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) reaffirms its commitment to the safety and physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all students. It is the Board’s expectation that all children and vulnerable adults have the right to be protected from abuse and neglect. The Board embraces a comprehensive approach to recognizing, reporting, and preventing abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults. In addition, the Board recognizes the unique role that Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) may play in raising awareness for issues of child abuse and neglect among parents/guardians and the broader community. To this end, the Board emphasizes the importance of developing and implementing a systemic plan for—

  1. 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;
  2. cooperating fully with investigations of suspected abuse and/or neglect by Montgomery County (County) partner agencies, including the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), and Child Welfare Services in the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS), commonly known as Child Protective Services (CPS), as well as other external agencies; 
  3. supporting children and vulnerable adults who are alleged victims of abuse and/or neglect, in consultation with County partner agencies; 
  4. enhancing human resource management systems and processes for screening new and existing employees, as well as volunteers and outside contractors who have direct, unsupervised, and uncontrolled access to children on MCPS property; 
  5. designing professional development for MCPS employees with support from national and local experts and in accordance with the most current practices for identifying, reporting, and preventing abuse and neglect; 
  6. offering robust, age-appropriate student learning opportunities across all grade levels in the prevention and reporting of abuse and neglect; and
  7. providing opportunities 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.
Adobe PDF JHC, Child Abuse and Neglect 220 K
Adobe PDF JHC: ABUSO Y NEGLIGENCIA INFANTIL 123 K
Adobe PDF JHC: የልጅ ማጎሳቆል እና ቸልተኝነት 123 K
Adobe PDF JHC: 孽待和忽視兒童 266 K
Adobe PDF JHC: MALTRAITANCE ET NÉGLIGENCE DES ENFANTS 113 K
Adobe PDF JHC: 아동 학대와 아동 방치 127 K
Adobe PDF JHC: HÀNH HẠ VÀ BỎ BÊ TRẺ EM 227 K

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