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Protecting the Child’s Privacy

Once a report has been filed, it is important that the child not be singled out in any way. A child from an abusive or neglectful home has enough stress at home without experiencing it at school. Therefore, the child should not be questioned about the reported situation. If the child chooses to talk about it to the reporter, this is fine, but the educator should not initiate the discussion. Some school protocols address this by saying:

Once the information has been provided to the CPT, no child will be subjected to further emotional stress or risk by being questioned by any member of the team or by other school personnel.

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