JHG: Reporting Child Abuse

Classification: 
J: Students
Code: 
JHG

Every person who has reason to believe that a child needs protection under Section 13 of the Child, Family and Community Services Act must promptly report to a child protection social worker. 

If an employee suspects that a student has been or is likely to be physically, sexually or emotionally abused or neglected, or otherwise in need of protection under the Act, he/she must follow the district protocols and procedures: Responding to Alleged Abuse and Neglect of Students by Non-VSB Employees. Guidance and clarification can be provided by the employee’s supervisor and/or the VBE Abuse Prevention Coordinator. 

If an employee suspects that a student has been or is likely to be physically or sexually abused by a VBE employee, he/she must follow the district protocols and procedures: Interagency Protocol and VSB Procedures for Reporting and Investigating Alleged Physical and/or Sexual abuse of Students by Vancouver School Board Employees. The VBE has a responsibility to investigate any allegations of physical and/or sexual abuse of student(s) by a VBE employee. The school district investigation will occur in consultation with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) or the local delegated aboriginal child and family service agency as directed by the interagency protocols and VSB procedures.  Guidance and clarification can be provided by the employee’s supervisor and/or the VBE Abuse Prevention Coordinator.

DMT Responsibility: AS-DLS

Adopted Date: 
Tuesday April 01, 1975
Revision Date: 
Sep 1994
Jan 1999
Feb 2011