DCF Report Abuse Hotline Information
DCF Report Abuse Hotline Information
Reporting Misconduct by Instructional Personnel and Administrators: All employees and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression and accepting or offering favors.
The process for reporting is as follows. Any incident that an employee believes is potentially harmful to a student or another employee should be immediately reported to their supervisor, Principal or President of the school. Reports of misconduct by administrators should be made to the Superintendent of the Office of Catholic Schools.
Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida certified educators will be reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services. Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted in the faculty mailroom and on our website at www.stcatheschool.org
Reporting Child Abuse, Abandonment or Neglect: All employees and agents have an affirmative duty to report all actual or suspected cases of child abuse. abandonment, or neglect. Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at:
http ://www .dc f.state.fl.us/abuse /report/
Signs of Physical Abuse: The child may have unexplained bruises, welts, cuts, or other injuries: broken bones: or burns. A child experiencing physical abuse may seem withdrawn or depressed. seem afraid to go home or may run away. shy away from physical contact, be aggressive. or wear inappropriate clothing to hide injuries.
Signs of Sexual Abuse: The child may have torn, stained or bloody underwear, trouble walking or sitting, pain or itching in genital area, or a sexually transmitted disease. A child experiencing sexual abuse may have unusual knowledge of sex or act seductively, fear a particular person. seem withdrawn or depressed. gain or lose weight suddenly, shy away from physical contact. or run away from home.
Signs of Neglect: The child may have unattended medical needs, little or no supervision at home. poor hygiene or appear underweight. A child experiencing neglect may be frequently tired or hungry, steal food, or appear overly needy for adult attention.
Patterns of Abuse: Serious abuse usually involves a combination of factors. While a single sign may not be significant, a pattern of physical or behavioral signs is a serious indicator and should be reported.
Liability Protections: Any person, official, or institution participating in good faith in any act authorized or required by law or reporting in good faith any instance of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect to the department or any law enforcement agency, shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability which might otherwise result by reason of such action. (F.S. 39.203)
An employer who discloses information about a former or current employee to a prospective employer of the former or current employee upon request of the prospective employer or of the former or current employee is immune from civil liability for such disclosure or its consequences unless it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that the information disclosed by the former or current employer was knowingly false or violated any civil right of the former or current employee protected under F.S. Chapter 760. (F.S. 768.095)
The school performs criminal-background checks on its employees and volunteers with unsupervised access to children, but cannot attest to the background of the various parents with whom their child may associate away from school.
Training Requirement: Notice: All employees will be required to complete ethics training on an annual basis as a condition of their employment with LLL Licensing Inc.