New Legislation Aims To Reduce Child Abuse And Neglect

first_imgIn a letter from Governor Walker he stated that the bill recognizes the need to provide training to all persons required to report child abuse and neglect. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker has introduced legislation that aims to work towards preventing child abuse and establishes stricter requirements for mandatory reporters. ‘The term ‘child abuse and neglect’ means, at a minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm. Governor Walker: “The issue of child abuse and neglect is difficult to solve, but it is our responsibility to continue to do all we can to protect our children and build a Safer Alaska.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-child-abuse-bill.mp3VmJennifer-on-child-abuse-bill.mp300:00RPdcenter_img The current state statute only requires State and School district employees receive mandatory reporter training, the bill seeks to require all mandatory reporters complete the training through the Department of Health and Social Services. The bill introduced by Governor Walker on Thursday, February 1,  seeks to address child abuse and neglect, according to Walker the bill takes a number of important actions. Expanding the requirement of mandatory reporter training to all mandatory reporters, not just those who are state and school district employeesExpanding training requirements for parents and teachers relating to sexual abuse of a minor to include identification of grooming behaviorsIncentivizing school districts to provide information on employees with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct towards a childRenaming a portion of Alaska Statutes addressing training for parents and teachers on teen dating violence and healthy relationships “Bree’s Law”last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *