Indiana changes child abuse reporting procedures – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Indiana school employees are now required to report suspected child abuse or neglect directly to the Department of Child Services or local law enforcement instead of first notifying a school administrator.

Republican State Sen. Mark Messmer of Jasper co-authored the legislation. He told the Tribune Star that the change was made because there’s been a history of issues being swept under the rug and not reported.

Prior to the law, school employees first had to report suspected abuse to the school’s principal or the principal’s designee.

The law said schools can’t create a policy that would restrict or delay an employee from reporting suspected abuse in any way.

The change emphasizes that “all of us having firsthand responsibilities to protect kids,” said Teresa Meredith, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association.

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