Save your insurance policies for future SAM cases

SAM cases are on the rise Sexual abuse and sexual molestation faces in schools are on the rise.  So much so that insurers and reinsurers don’t want to provide coverage for these types of cases much longer.  The cost is a norm is in its bankrupting our school system.  Recently, California passed a law that Read more about Save your insurance policies for future SAM cases[…]

Taking control – safety, transgenderism and dress codes

Warning – Potential Offensive Content We apologize in advance for the content here. The purpose is to advise on risk management issues your agency may face.   A high school teacher in Canada has received much media attention for her decision to wear attire some consider to be questionable while teaching. Kayla Lemieux of Oakville Read more about Taking control – safety, transgenderism and dress codes[…]

Is your suspicion of child abuse reasonable?

Last month I attended the retirement party for Steve Cooley, the former District Attorney of Los Angeles, (don’t ask it’s a long story how I got there) where I stumbled upon the topic of reasonable suspicion with one of the guests at my table.   The guest was a professor at one of the prestigious southern California Read more about Is your suspicion of child abuse reasonable?[…]

Athletic coaches are now mandated reporters under AB 1435

AB 1435 adds athletic coaches to the list of mandated reporters in California. Deemed the Sandusky bill, it seems odd that it took this long to realize there are a lot of sexual molestation claims related to coaches, walk-on coaches, and athletic departments. The bill’s author states that athletic personnel were not explicitly include in Read more about Athletic coaches are now mandated reporters under AB 1435[…]

Can I fulfill my mandated reporting duties by reporting to a school police officer?

The short answer is “no.”  Many of us turn to the School Resource Officer and that can get us in trouble in a hurry.  School police and school resource officers are specifically excluded from accepting reports from a mandated reporter under California Penal Code section 11165.9 11165.9. Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect shall Read more about Can I fulfill my mandated reporting duties by reporting to a school police officer?[…]

What are mandated reporters?

Mandated Reporters are people employed in several vocations that are required under the California Penal Code to report certain child abuse, child neglect, sexual molestation and other violations against children to law enforcement.  The definition of mandated reporter is governed by Section 11165.7.  See below: 11165.7. (a) As used in this article, “mandated reporter” is Read more about What are mandated reporters?[…]