Distressed Students Essay

823 WordsSep 23, 20084 Pages
According to the State of Florida, librarians have the same responsibilities as teachers and other school employees when situations of student distress or endangerment arise. Regardless if you are a librarian, teacher, or school employee, you should report immediately any emotional or physical problems to an authority right away. Dr Gross had mention in class that a child showing clingy behavior, poor attendance, disturbing drawings, or threatening emails are just a few of the warning signs. The state of Florida defines abuse in statute 39.01, as a “willful act or threatened act that results in any physical, mental, or sexual injury or harm that causes or is likely to cause the child's physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired. Abuse of a child includes acts or omissions” (Florida Senate, 2007a). Florida Statute, Section 39.201, requires that anyone with any knowledge or a reasonable belief that a child is being abused, neglected, or in danger by the person responsible for their care, (parent, guardian, or caregiver) is required to report it immediately to The Department of Children and Familes, DCF. The statute also protects the reporter, by guaranteeing that their name will be kept confidential. Additionally, Florida Statue 39.202, has named professionals in certain positions as “Mandated Reporters.” School teachers, officials, and other school personnel are required to provide their names when they register a child abuse report, however, it should be noted that their confidentiality would still be maintained. Although the preferred method for reporting abuse is through the abuse hotline, at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873), there are three additional ways. Reports may be submitted by fax (1-800-914-0004), by TDD for the hearing-impaired (1-800-453-5145) and by web reporting (http://www.state.fl.us/cf_web.) (Florida Abuse Hotline,

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