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AB-2786 Child abuse or neglect detection training.(2017-2018)

As Amends the Law Today


 Chapter 12.3 (commencing with Section 18979.30) is added to Part 6 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

CHAPTER  12.3. Child Abuse or Neglect Detection Training
 (a) The Office of Child Abuse Prevention in the State Department of Social Services shall develop an appropriate online training module to instruct public or private organizations serving youth in the detection of child abuse or neglect, as defined in Section 11165.6 of the Penal Code, and the proper action a mandated reporter is required to take in suspected cases of child abuse or neglect, in accordance with the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 11164) of Chapter 2 of Title 1 of Part 4 of the Penal Code). This training module shall include both of the following:
(1) Information regarding the detection and reporting of child abuse or neglect, including child sexual abuse.
(2) Statewide guidance on the responsibilities of mandated reporters who are affiliated with public or private organizations serving youth, including, but not limited to, both of the following:
(A) Information on the identification of child abuse or neglect.
(B) Reporting requirements for child abuse or neglect.
(b) Information, guidance, and training modules developed pursuant to Section 44691 of the Education Code that satisfy the requirements of this section may be utilized in lieu of the development of additional information, guidance, and training modules.
 An employee or volunteer for a public or private organization serving youth who works or volunteers in a position identified as a mandated reporter pursuant to paragraph (6), (7), (42), or (44) of subdivision (a) of Section 11165.7 of the Penal Code shall use the online training module developed pursuant to, and complete the training required by, Section 18979.30, as follows:
(a) For volunteers, upon the start of every tenure of volunteer service, and annually thereafter if the service extends for a time period greater than one year.
(b) For employees, upon the start of employment and annually thereafter.
 A public or private organization serving youth shall retain proof that an employee or volunteer completed the training required by Section 18979.30 for at least 20 years after the date of completion.
 A public or private organization serving youth that fails to comply with Section 18979.31 or 18979.32 is liable for a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) for a first violation and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each subsequent violation. The Attorney General, a district attorney, or a county counsel authorized by agreement with the district attorney may bring a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction to impose a civil penalty pursuant to this section.
 This chapter does not apply to any entity identified in subdivision (b) of Section 44691 of the Education Code.