Incident Reporting Guidelines
If you are unsure or have a question, contact your Supervisor or a State Staff Member.
Issues to report and NOT Investigate
Dealing with the Need to Report
If you must report, you will report – we will comply with the law.
You must report within 24-48 hours.
Not under obligation to investigate or probe. Best not to – let those trained do any investigation.
If person makes you aware of abuse that happened when they were a child:
What happened is not their fault
Good for them to bring this forward
Not a counselor but want to support
If they share details, you will have to report to authorities – designed to help protect other potential victims.
Offer to support as they report to authorities
Suggest they seek counseling and direct to resources.
Who to Report to
FIRST – report situation to State Staff and Regional Leadership.
Child Protective Services
Document the Report
Who contacted the authorities.
When the report was made
Get case number and name of person you made the report to.
Issues to Investigate
Inappropriate behavior (Adult to Adult)
Conflicts between people (employee and non-employee)
When Investigating, Use CPR To.......
Protect confidentiality as much as possible.
Stabilize the situation – assess for immediate action
Take time to do it right!
Show empathy but don’t take sides
Include other BSM leaders in the investigation (witness).
Communicate with STATE STAFF to develop investigation plan.
Document all discussions and outcomes. With care, communicate results to person bringing the complaint and any accused
Investigation and Reporting Guidelines for BSM Staff
Incident Reporting Document for BSM Staff
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