Child Abuse & Neglect
School personnel must be able to recognize signs of abuse and neglect and also understand their role as mandated reporters. State law requires every person seeking initial licensure or persons seeking licensure renewal as teachers for the first time to complete a study in child abuse recognition and intervention in accordance with curriculum guidelines developed by the Board of Education in consultation with the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS).
- Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training – Individuals seeking initial licensure and license renewal must complete training in child abuse recognition and intervention in accordance with curriculum guidelines approved by the Board of Education.
- VDSS Child Abuse Hotline
Prevention of Sexual Misconduct & Abuse
The Virginia Board of Education developed Guidelines for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct and Abuse in Virginia Public Schools to help local school boards create and implement policies and procedures that deter misconduct, provide accountability, and establish clear and reasonable boundaries for interactions among students and teachers, other school board employees, and adult volunteers.
- Know the Warning Signs of Educator Sexual Misconduct (PDF) – February 2013 Phi Delta Kappan article by Charol Shakeshaft, professor of educational leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University