The Children’s Division (CD) is the organization responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect in Missouri. Two recent cases from Missouri appellate courts found that CD had failed to follow the time limits set in statute, thereby negating their investigations. See Williams v. Missouri, No. WD75693 (Mo. App. W.D. July 23, 2013) and Frey v. Levy, No. SD32307 (Mo. App. S.D. May 9, 2013). Unfortunately, the causes of these failures are varied and don’t have a simple solution. Hit the jump for analyses of Williarms and Frye and some thoughts on how we’ve arrived here… Continue reading
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This past legislative session introduced a small change to the child abuse and neglect mandatory reporting requirements that will effect all public education employees. Because this change comes so quickly on the heels of the much larger change to abuse and neglect reporting requirements that went into effect last year, I wanted to take a little time and do a combination introduction / refresher of reporting duties. We’ll go through the two separate reporting requirements in Missouri (you did know there were two requirements right??), talk about what some signs of abuse and neglect might be, and analyze what impact the change will have.
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