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Child Abuse and Neglect Training


Wisconsin law requires all employees of Wisconsin public school districts to report suspected child abuse and neglect, Wis. Stat. sec. 48.981(2)(a)16m. In addition, school boards are to ensure all employees receive training provided by the Department of Public Instruction within six months of initial hiring and at least every five years thereafter, Wis. Stat. sec. 118.07(5). Employees are considered to be anyone who receives an annual statement of wages for tax purposes (W-2 form) from the school district. Some school districts contract with a Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) or other organizations for different kinds of services. In such cases, school districts may wish to consider requiring these contracted personnel to participate in the required training, if they work with students.

School districts may select one of two methods to ensure their employees complete the training requirement:

1. Learning Modules   Updated August 2018

Have employees complete the Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect - Training for All School Employees learning module. At the end of the webcast, participants may choose to send an email to a person of their choice (e.g., building principal, human resources), as well as to cc themselves. The Department of Public Instruction does not maintain a record of individual completion of this training. Note: Chrome is the preferred internet browser to view this online training.

2. Local In-Service   Updated August 2018

Provide a local in-service using the Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect-Training for All School Employees PowerPoint presentation. Speaker notes are provided within each PowerPoint slide. The entire PowerPoint must be utilized in order to meet the statutory requirement of completion of DPI training. The Department recommends that anyone using the PowerPoint for a local in-service also view the Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect - Supplemental Information learning module as part of the preparation. Local presenters may incorporate any and all of the slides from the Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect - Supplemental Information PowerPoint presentation into a local in-service. In addition, local information (e.g., phone number for county child protective services) may be added to the presentation. School districts using this option to meet the training requirement may locally determine how to document employee participation.

Additional Resources

Please note: All school employees must also complete the Mandatory Reporting of Threats of School Violence (Act 143) Training. The web module for this training will be available on the Safe Schools webpage in the fall of 2018.
For questions about this information, contact Julie Incitti (608) 266-0963