SD71 – Comox Valley: System Direction 4 – 1 R1 Child Abuse and Neglect

I recently learned that teachers and principals don’t have enough training to identify when a student or family should seek counselling. I am now recommending all staff receive training on Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) which, I feel, would make it very easy to identify when counselling should be sought for a student and/or family. I also feel that staff who are aware of problems with either the student or family experiencing problems can have conversations with the family without jeopardizing confidences such as recommending or informing the family about anxiety workshops that are happening within the school district to gage whether the family needs additional help and warrant school staff contacting a child protection social worker. Within the policy, there are 4 scenarios where the policy states “Informing another person e.g. a colleague or a supervisor does not discharge the legal duty to report directly to a child protection social worker” where the policy states “School personnel DO NOT contact parents” or “School personnel DO NOT contact parents if a report is made to a child protection social worker.” Click here  or on the pdf file to read the entire policy or read an excerpt below.

 

3. Parent Contact In the course of an investigation, solely conducted by the school district employee, contract service provider or volunteer, parents shall be informed/consulted prior to an interview of the student.

Informing another person e.g. a colleague or a supervisor does not discharge the legal duty to report directly to a child protection social worker

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