Facility: SECTION 11 / REPORTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

A. Requirement to report Child abuse or neglect. All Child Care Staff Members must immediately contact the Department of Health and Human Service’s Child Protective Intake hotline (800-452-1999) when they suspect Child Abuse or Neglect.

B. Child Care Facility requirement to inform. The Director must inform all Child Care Staff Members during orientation of their status as Mandated Reporters and their responsibility to report to the Department of Health and Human Services whenever there is reasonable cause to suspect Abuse or Neglect of a Child, and comply with ongoing Mandated Reporter training for all Child Care Staff Members as provided in Section 8 of this Rule.

C. Written instruction provided. Child Care Staff Members must receive written instructions regarding Child Abuse or Neglect reporting that contains a summary of the State of Maine Child abuse reporting statute and a statement that they will not be discharged or disciplined solely because they have made a Child Abuse or Neglect report.

D. Hotline number posted. The Child Care Facility must ensure that the telephone number of the Department’s Child Protective Intake hotline is posted in a readily accessible central location on the Premises.