COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 75

April 15, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Reporting of Abused or Neglected Children to the Appropriate Authorities

 

The Department of Education has recently received correspondence from the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) that should be shared with all entities mandated to report information regarding child abuse or neglect. The information provided by VDSS pertains to Title 63.2, of the Code of Virginia, and relates to the definition of child abuse. A copy of the VDSS memorandum, which outlines changes to the definition of an abused and neglected child, as outlined in 63.2-100 of the Code of Virginia, is attached.

 

Please note that information regarding the reporting of abused and neglected children can also be found in the Child Protective Services policy manual issued by VDSS. This manual is available by accessing the following link: http://www.dss.state.va.us/files/division/dfs/cps/policy/policy.pdf.

 

VDSS advises that, if questions exist as to whether a child is being abused or neglected, local child protective services personnel should be contacted immediately for consultation. Reports can also be made to the VDSS 24-hour hotline at 1-800-552-7096.

 

JLD/MMV/jcj

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf075a.pdf.