SACRAMENTO -- Tom Torlakson, state Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced his support Wednesday for legislation that would require school districts to train employees in identifying and reporting suspected child abuse.
School employees are required to report suspected child abuse to police or Child Protective Services. Yet, school districts and county offices of education have not been legally required to train employees in how to identify signs of abuse or report it.
Assembly Bill 1432 authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, would make such training mandatory.
In a letter to Gatto, Torlakson referenced a Bay Area News Group survey, which found fewer than half of 94 school districts surveyed in four counties trained employees in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect.