§ 40-11-3.3. Duty to report Sexual abuse of a child in an educational program.
(a) Any person who has reasonable cause to know or suspect that any child has been the victim of sexual abuse by an employee, agent, contractor, or volunteer of an educational program as defined in § 40-11-2 shall, within twenty-four (24) hours, transfer that information to the department of children, youth and families, or its agent, who or which shall immediately forward the report to state police and local law enforcement, and shall initiate an investigation of the allegations of sexual abuse. As a result of those reports and referrals, the department shall refer those children to appropriate services and support systems in order to provide for their health and welfare. In the event the department substantiates the allegations of sexual abuse against an employee, agent, contractor, or volunteer of an educational program, the department shall immediately notify the state police; local law-enforcement agency; the department of education; the educational program; the person who is the subject of the investigation; and the parent, or parents, of the child who is alleged to be the victim of the sexual abuse of the department's findings.
(b) The director is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations in order to carry out the intent of this section.
(P.L. 2016, ch. 352, § 2; P.L. 2016, ch. 373, § 2.)