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Additional Requirements Relating to Those Working with Alaska Native and American Indian Children

In addition to state law, federal law (25 U.S.C.  3202, 18 U.S.C. 1169) requires mandatory reporters in Tribal communities and those who work for Tribal organizations to report to ) requires mandatory reporters in Tribal communities and those who work for Tribal organizations to report to local law enforcement or child protection.

Mandatory reporters may also need to report to Tribal authorities where such a protocol has been established between your organization and the Tribe involved. You should follow your organization's internal policies regarding contacting Tribal authorities.

Follow the protocols or policies of your own organization regarding reporting child abuse or neglect internally within your organization. Whether or not this is addressed in your agency, please keep in mind:

  • The information regarding suspected abuse or neglect is considered confidential information, and should only be disclosed to those who are entitled to know the information in accordance with your organization's own internal policies.
  • State law (A.S. 47.17.020 (g)) and federal law (25 U.S.C.  3202, 18 U.S.C. 1169) provides that a person who makes the report to their supervisor or another person working for their organization is not relieved of the obligation to make the report to the OCS or law enforcement.
  • Follow your organization's internal policies regarding documenting the abuse or neglect. In general, you should keep a written record of what happened for you to refer to if you are required to testify, as your testimony may not occur until long after your initial report.

 

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