ABSTRACT

Training Guide for Administrators and Educators on Addressing Adult Sexual Misconduct in the School Setting   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the Overview: "Schools are entrusted with the paramount responsibility of educating youths, and within this 'in loco parentis' role, keeping them safe throughout the school day and while completing school activities (Beyer, 1997). Yet each year, students in elementary and secondary education fall victim to unacceptable behaviors with sexual overtones, ranging from inappropriate touching and online conversations to physical sexual assault. Most schools have policies and procedures for keeping children safe from a range of threats and hazards, such as natural disasters, flu outbreaks, and active shooter situations. However, schools and school districts also must demonstrate a strong commitment to the elimination of behaviors known as adult sexual misconduct (ASM) by school personnel, including teachers, coaches, administrative staff, bus drivers, and others who interact with children before and after school. To safeguard the well-being of the whole school community, school and school district administrators must provide staff members with knowledge of the behaviors that constitute ASM and help them take steps to protect students; prevent ASM; recognize signs of potential ASM; report and investigate possible ASM incidents with their partners (e.g., law enforcement); meaningfully respond to incidents of ASM; and provide immediate, short-, and long-term supports to the victim as the child recovers. Efforts to address ASM are strengthened by policies and procedures that describe appropriate, allowable behaviors, identify inappropriate and illegal actions, and outline methods for addressing allegations of ASM in schools."

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Date:
2017-03
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Public Domain
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Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center: https://rems.ed.gov/
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pdf
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