During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly passed SEA 355 and SEA 447, which require the department of education to provide materials and guidelines by July 1, 2018.
Additionally, the new legislation expands the grade levels for child abuse and child sexual abuse education in schools to Kindergarten through grade 12 (previously the law required education in grades 2-5).
Finally, school corporation, charter school, and accredited nonpublic school employees who have direct, ongoing contact with children are required to attend or participate in training on child abuse and neglect at least once every two years.
Response Policies and Reporting Procedures
- School Protocol for Reporting Allegations of Child Abuse in Indiana
- SAMPLE Child Abuse and Neglect Policy for Indiana Schools Word | PDF
- DCS Policies and Reporting Procedures for Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse (for general public)
- Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
- Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Presentation
- Don’t Wait! Make the Call (a DCS training video)
- Reporting Training (Sample) for Educators
- Warning Signs
- Basic Principles of Child Abuse Prevention
- Research & Evidence-based Instruction
- Methods of Student, Teacher, and Parental Education and Outreach
- Research and Evidence-based Practice Registries
- Ethical & Professional Guidelines for School Professionals
- Child Protective Index (CPI)/Child Protection Service (CPS) Checks & Portal
- Victim Assistance
- Vermont’s Sexual Violence Prevention Technical Assistance Resource Guide
- Human Trafficking
- Sexual Predator Video
IDOE and DCS Response to Legislation
During the 2012 legislative session, the General Assembly passed SEA 267 and the Governor signed IC 20-19-3-11 into law, which required a response from the Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with the Department of Child Services (DCS) and organizations that have expertise in child abuse. The information and resources included on this page meet the requirements of this legislation. It should be noted that the DOE and DCS chose to identify (as opposed to develop) model educational materials, and thus the requirement to inform parent's and require permission to use such materials will be determined by local school policy. New or updated resources have been added to this site in response to legislation passed during the 2017 session, which is summarized here.