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1 Communication and Management of Behavioral Boundaries Office for the Protection of Children & Youth

2 Scenario # 1 A second grade student arrives at school with a black eye and bruises on both arms. The teacher asks the student what happened and he replies that his father hit him. The teacher places a call to DCFS and is told a case worker will be at the school today. Do not release the child from school. It is dismissal time and no one has arrived from DCFS. NOTE: The child’s father has met all the compliance requirements and coaches the eighth grade boys’ basketball team. W HAT STEPS SHOULD THE PRINCIPAL TAKE ?

3 Scenario #1 Do not release. Call police. Document phone call with DCFS, including:  Time call made to DCFS  Name of the DCFS Hotline Intake Worker  DCFS response – did DCFS take as report or not Documentation is placed in child’s file Call Regional Director Note: If the case is indicated, the father can no longer serve as a volunteer. Principal or Regional Director notifies Safe Environment Office.

4 Scenario #2 My daughter, Anna, will not be in school today. On the way home from school yesterday, Anna (13 years old) told me that she had sex with an eighth grade boy (15 years old) in a room at school during the after school program. My daughter said she was a willing participant but she was so distraught that overnight I admitted her into Hargrove Hospital. O UTLINE THE STEPS THE PRINCIPAL WILL TAKE IN THIS SITUATION.

5 Scenario #2 Call DCFS Inform parents they can make a report to the police Offer support to all parties involved  Contact Assistance Ministry for referrals Document DCFS call and action taken Place documentation in appropriate student files Contact Regional Director

6 Scenario #3 I am calling to share something with you that occurred over the weekend. Some of the eighth grade boys were in a chat room on Saturday. My son was not in the chat room but they gave my son’s name and phone number to others in the chat room. On Sunday, my son received an inappropriate picture on his phone from an adult male who was in the chat room. T HIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. W HAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS ?

7 Scenario #3 Call DCFS Advise parents they can make a report to the police Offer support to all parties involved  Contact Assistance Ministry for referrals Refer to school policy. Are there consequences for the parties providing the name and phone number? Contact Regional Director

8 Who do you call? Regional DirectorOPCY Peer-on-Peer/Bullying Sexual abuse by member of the clergy, an employee or volunteer Hazing DCFS takes report  Lack of supervision  Teacher allegation of physical abuse

9 Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Child presenting with bruises, welts, broken bones or repeated injuries/injuries at varying stages of healing. Child tells teacher he/she has been abused. Child in school tells teacher his/her friend has been abused. Child is consistently late, hungry, generally unkempt.

10 Who do you call? ParentsPolice Peer-on- Peer/Bullying Inappropriate use of technology Teacher allegation of abusing child DCFS does not respond in a timely fashion Inappropriate use of technology Physical injury

11 Office for the Protection of Children & Youth Team Jan Slattery, Director – OPCY, Leah McCluskey – Director, Child Abuse Investigations & Review, Thomas Tharayil – Director, Assistance Ministry, Mayra Flores – Coordinator, Safe Environment Office,


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