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 Child Abuse and Child Protection


Mandated Reporting

Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandated Reporting Requirements for Employees, Volunteers, and Contractors of Georgia Public Schools​ - Every professional working with children is an important part of Georgia's plan to eliminate the abuse and neglect of children. This course was written specifically for individuals who are employed or who volunteer in Georgia schools.  ​

Mandated Reporting Resources


In 2019 the Georgia General Assembly passed HB 12 which requires public schools to post signs displaying the child abuse reporting hotline, 1-855-GA-CHILD.

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Practical Steps to Prevent Child Neglect in the COVID-19 Pandemic​


Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention Education

Effective July 1, 2018, each local board of education shall provide:

  •  Annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in kindergarten through grades 9 (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-143).
  •  The provision that professional learning may include participating in or presenting at in-service training on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-200).
  • ​In-service training programs on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention for professional personnel that will be providing instruction in annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in K through grade 9 (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-201).​​

Frequently Asked Questions

Preventing Sexual Violence (CDC)


Gang Awareness

Gang affiliation is not something that students leave behind when they enter the school building. If a gang presence exists at school, it cannot be ignored. School administrators should address gang-related issues head-on or they will fester, harm school climate, and impede the learning environment. Learn more​...


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 Contact Information


Cheryl Benefield
Mental Health and Wellbeing Coordinator​​​
Phone: (404) 651-7179

Jeff Hodges
Program Specialist
Safe and Supportive Schools
Phone: (404) 463-7891 
jhodges@doe.k12.ga.us​​​


Find us on Twitter @GaDOESafeSchool​​​