OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING THE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT REGISTRY.
By law, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) maintains a child abuse and neglect registry that lists individuals whom the DCF commissioner found, based on reasonable cause, have abused or neglected a child. Such individuals have the right to (1) request an internal investigation and (2) appeal the investigation's results in an administrative hearing (the results of which may also be appealed in Superior Court).
Under the bill, if the internal review or the administrative hearing upholds the finding of abuse or neglect against the individual and reveals that he or she is employed in a capacity that requires him or her to (1) have regular contact with children and (2) provide services to or on behalf of children, the commissioner must make a reasonable effort to notify the individual's employer of his or her placement on the registry.
Under existing law, DCF must notify the employing superintendent and the Commissioner of Education when she completes an investigation of alleged abuse or neglect by a school employee, including if she recommends the employee's placement on the registry (CGS § 17a-101i).
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018
Committee on Children
Joint Favorable Substitute