Any volunteer at BES must be trained in mandated reporting. Volunteers include but are not limited to parents who come to help in the classroom, PTA, Mentors, School Governance Team.
Section 19-7-5 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to reporting of child abuse, designated several categories of individuals as mandated reporters, who “having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused shall report or cause reports of that abuse to be made.” All child service organization personnel are mandated reporters. (The complete section of the Georgia Code is on file at your school) ‘Child service organization personnel’ means persons employed by or volunteering at a business or an organization, whether public, private, for profit, not for profit, or voluntary, that provides care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter to children.
- O.C.G.A. 19-7-5(b)(5)
Training may be completed by the following:
Reading the handout entitled Mandated Reporter Information and Resources
Viewing the Looking Out for Georgia's Youth: Education Can Make a Difference Power Point.
Signing the Mandated Reporter Acknowledgment Form and returning to a teacher or the front office.
The reporting procedure for any disclosures or suspicions will follow the protocol of the school in compliance with the law to report directly to the Principal or their designee (Mary Griner, School Counselor)