Child Abuse Prevention & Reporting
Mandatory Training for PPS Volunteers
PPS is Committed to the Safety of Students
School employees are required to take annual child abuse prevention training (ORS 339.400). As a volunteer, you should report suspected incidents of child abuse to the school principal.
Oregon Child Abuse Reporting Law (ORS 419B.005 to 419B.05D):
- All adults have the responsibility to report suspected child abuse.
- All school district employees are mandatory reporters, and must report if they suspect child abuse or neglect.
Abuse of Children with Disabilities
Children with disabilities are at a higher risk of abuse than children without disabilities. Children with disabilities may have difficulty communicating clearly and the abuser might think that the child won’t tell anyone what has happened or that the child won’t be believed. Some children with disabilities require adults to provide personal hygiene care for them, making it less obvious if sexual abuse is occurring. There may be a lack of education for children with disabilities about healthy sexuality, body boundaries and self-protection mechanisms.
PPS Employees are Mandatory Reporters
Any person may report incidents or suspected child abuse or neglect. School personnel, day-care providers, social workers, health care workers, and law enforcement officers are all designated as mandatory reporters in Oregon. Oregon state law requires mandatory reporters to notify the Department of Human Services (DHS) or a local law enforcement agency of incidents or suspected child abuse.
If you See Something, Say Something
A volunteer who observes signs, or becomes aware of potential child abuse should immediately report it to the school principal. Under no circumstances should anyone contact a student’s parent/guardian about a child abuse report. Volunteers must keep all information about students strictly confidential.
- Multnomah County Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 503-731-3100.
- SafeOregon to anonymously report a school safety threat, such as a weapon or threat of violence at school: 844-472-3367.