Volunteers are now Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse
This summer, the law defining who mandated reporters of child abuse are, was expanded to include all school volunteers. School faculty and staff have been mandated reporters of child abuse for years. Now the law includes school volunteers. If you are a school volunteer and you suspect child abuse of any form you are required by law to report this to the school counselor, Rochelle Edmonds, or directly to the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) at 770-532-8781. A report to DFCS must be made within 24 hours or charges can be made against the person failing to report suspected abuse.
You may read the law in its entirety, at http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/ Search 19-7-5. If you have any questions, please contact Rochelle Edmonds, School Counselor.