• 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.

Types of Child Abuse

  • Physical Abuse

  • Child Sexual Abuse

  • Neglect

  • Emotional Abuse/Mental Injury

  • Threat of Harm

  • 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.

    Other Resources:

    • 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.


Volunteer Training Resources


  • If you wish to provide feedback on this training or  your experiences as a volunteer, please email volunteer@pps.net.