The University of Wisconsin-Extension strives to provide a safe and secure learning and working environment for everyone involved in university activities. Children come into contact with UW-Extension employees and volunteers through various programs, camps and events. On Dec. 19, 2011, Gov. Scott Walker signed Executive Order #54, which requires that all University of Wisconsin System employees must report child abuse and neglect.
For purposes of reporting child abuse and neglect, a 'child' is a person who is less than 18 years of age.
All UW System employees (this includes all UW-Extension employees, regardless of appointment type or method of compensation) must immediately report child abuse or neglect if, in the course of employment, a UW System employee:
This reporting requirement also applies to UW-Extension volunteers.
All suspected abuse (physical, sexual and emotional abuse or the manufacture of methamphetamine) or neglect of a person under 18 years of age must be reported to local law enforcement or a county social services agency. Please see Child Abuse and Neglect: Definitions and Signs for more information.
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Physical injury inflicted on a child by other than accidental means. Physical injury includes, but is not limited to, lacerations, fractured bones, burns, internal injuries, severe or frequent bruising or great bodily harm.
Sexual intercourse or sexual touching of a child; recording or displaying of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct; forcing a child to view or listen to sexual activity; exposing genitals or pubic area to a child or exposing a child's genitals or pubic area for purposes of sexual gratification; or permitting, allowing or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution.
It is child abuse to manufacture methamphetamines with a child present, or in a child's home or under any other circumstances in which a reasonable person should have known that the manufacture would be seen, heard or smelled by a child.
Harm to a child's psychological or intellectual functioning, which is exhibited by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal or aggression. Emotional damage may be demonstrated by substantial and observable changes in behavior, emotional response or learning, which are incompatible with the child's age or stage of development. Emotional damage occurs when a child's parent, guardian or legal custodian has neglected, refused or been unable, for reasons other than poverty, to obtain the necessary treatment or to take steps to ameliorate the symptoms.
When a parent or caregiver fails, refuses or is unable, for reasons other than poverty, to provide the necessary care, food, clothing, medical or dental care, or shelter, which seriously endanger the physical health of the child.