[AL-Directors] Mandatory child abuse and neglect reporting and high ed institutions

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Oct 2 15:18:34 PDT 2012

Dear Academic Library Directors,
The passage of HB 4016 has expanded the definition of mandatory child abuse and neglect reporters to include all

'Higher education institution[s]'...

  (a) A community college as defined in ORS 341.005;

  (b) A public university listed in ORS 352.002;

  (c) The Oregon Health and Science University; and

  (d) A private institution of higher education located in Oregon.

School employee, including an employee of a higher education institution.
The State Library recommends that all academic libraries consult with their Dean and/or Human Resources Director regarding the newly amended Oregon State Statutes<http://www.leg.state.or.us/12reg/measures/hb4000.dir/hb4016.en.html> 338.115, 339.370, 339.372, 339.374, 339.378, 339.388, 339.392, 339.400, 419B.005and 419B.010. Higher education institutions should, if they have not already, seek advice from their legal counsel regarding this legislation. Depending on the action your institution is taking, your library may consider creating a policy, procedure, or training requirement around mandatory child abuse and neglect reporting. If your institution and/or library is already working on something along these lines, please consider helping others by sharing what you're doing via the Acrl-nw<http://lists.wsu.edu/mailman/listinfo/acrl-nw> discussion list.
A couple libraries have asked the State Library for assistance identifying mandatory reporter training opportunities in order to comply with the law as advised by their legal counsel. I have worked with a Child Welfare Analyst at the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) to develop a short, but valuable list of resources libraries may use to educate themselves around mandatory reporting.

  *   Watch this 25 minute mandatory reporting video<http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/abuse/Pages/mandatory_report.aspx>,
  *   Read this mandatory reporting guide<https://apps.state.or.us/Forms/Served/de9061.pdf>, and/or
  *   Contact your local DHS<http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/children/localoffices.shtml> Children, Adults, and Families Division to inquire about face-to-face mandatory reporting training.
The video and guide are a little out-of-date in that they do not list the expanded definition of who are now mandatory reporters as a result of the most recent legislation. However they do provide accurate information about identifying suspected abuse and neglect and how to report. If you have questions about mandatory reporting, first ask your local DHS<http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/children/Pages/localoffices.aspx> Children, Adults, and Families Division. If they are not able to assist you, then contact the state DHS office by calling 503-945-6116<tel:503-945-6116>.
Thank you,
Katie Anderson
PS: If the hyperlinks don't work, try copying and pasting the following URLs into your browser or doing an internet search on 'Oregon mandatory reporting DHS'

  *   HB 4016: http://www.leg.state.or.us/12reg/measures/hb4000.dir/hb4016.en.html
  *   Acrl-nw: http://lists.wsu.edu/mailman/listinfo/acrl-nw
  *   Video: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/abuse/Pages/mandatory_report.aspx
  *   Guide: https://apps.state.or.us/Forms/Served/de9061.pdf
  *   Local DHS contact information: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/children/Pages/localoffices.aspx

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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