The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has issued a revised policy on “Mandated Reporters Failure to Report” providing a mechanism for on-line reporting as an alternative to telephonic reporting.  The new policy, following a year long pilot, provides a welcome alternative to long waits on hold which callers can experience.

Specifically, revised policy 22-1-3

School employees who fail to report child abuse may face tougher penalties for failing to report such incidents to DCF or the police as a result of a law passed by the General Assembly.

Public Act 15-205, An Act Protecting School Children, increases, from a class A misdemeanor to a class E felony, the penalty