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As school personnel, you play a key role in detecting and helping abused children. Because children and adolescents spend the majority of their day in school, school personnel have more access to them than other professionals. This regular contact gives you the chance to observe changes in appearance and behavior that others may not notice.

You may be the trusted adult to whom a child makes an initial disclosure of abuse. School personnel are often seen as positive role models, and may be a source of support and care for many children.

It is imperative that you know how to respond, that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a mandated reporter, and that you are familiar with your district’s policies and reporting procedures.

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