[Libs-Or] Mandatory reporting for libraries

Cindy Gibbon cindyg at multcolib.org
Fri Sep 28 09:00:53 PDT 2012

We're working on something here at MCL--both a message for staff about
their new 24/7 responsibilities as mandatory child abuse reporters and
figuring out the training.

The Multnomah County Attorney has advised us that all library employees
should consider themselves responsible under this law.  It is a personal
responsibility and it doesn't go away just becasue your employer has a bad
policy or bad training or didn't tell you about it.  So we do all have a
responsibility to make sure that our employees are aware of this.

Our county attorney's office is working on an on-line training for all
county staff who have this responsibility, but there are lots of potential
sources of training.

Also, our attorney advises that library volunteers are NOT included.  The
language about volunteers that was in the original bill was removed
purposely before the final bill passed.

We'll be happy to share more when we get some messages finalized.  Though
the law does not take effect until 1/1/13, we are hoping to get a message
out to staff very shortly.

*Cindy Gibbon*
Access & Information Services Director
Multnomah County Library
*Voice:*  503.988.5496
*Fax:*  503.988.5441
cindyg at multcolib.org

On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM, Maureen Cole
<mcole at ci.oregon-city.or.us>wrote:

> Hi all:****
> Has anyone out there written new policy/procedure regarding library staff
> actions in light of the mandatory reporting law which now seems to applies
> to libraries? I know city attorneys have varying opinions about how this
> law applies to us, but ours is sticking with the ‘better safe than sorry’
> approach. We had some training by DHS today and it reminded me that we need
> to have something in place to guide us internally. ****
> ** **
> Thanks for your help!****
> Mo****
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