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WAC 110-300-0475

Duty to protect children and report incidents.

(1) Pursuant to RCW 26.44.030, when an early learning provider has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect, that provider must report such incident, or cause a report to be made, to the proper law enforcement agency or the department. "Abuse or neglect" has the same meaning here as in RCW 26.44.020.
(2) An early learning provider must report by phone upon knowledge of the following to:
(a) Law enforcement or the department at the first opportunity, but in no case longer than forty-eight hours:
(i) The death of a child while in the early learning program's care or the death from injury or illness that may have occurred while the child was in care;
(ii) A child's attempted suicide or talk about attempting suicide;
(iii) Any suspected physical, sexual or emotional child abuse;
(iv) Any suspected child neglect, child endangerment, or child exploitation;
(v) A child's disclosure of sexual or physical abuse; or
(vi) Inappropriate sexual contact between two or more children.
(b) Emergency services (911) immediately, and to the department within twenty-four hours:
(i) A child missing from care, triggered as soon as staff realizes the child is missing;
(ii) A medical emergency that requires immediate professional medical care;
(iii) A child who is given too much of any oral, inhaled, or injected medication;
(iv) A child who took or received another child's medication;
(v) A fire or other emergency;
(vi) Poisoning or suspected poisoning; or
(vii) Other dangers or incidents requiring emergency response.
(c) Washington poison center immediately after calling 911, and to the department within twenty-four hours:
(i) A poisoning or suspected poisoning;
(ii) A child who is given too much of any oral, inhaled, or injected medication; or
(iii) A child who took or received another child's medication;
(iv) The provider must follow any directions provided by Washington poison center.
(d) The local health jurisdiction or the department of health immediately, and to the department within twenty-four hours about an occurrence of food poisoning or reportable contagious disease as defined in chapter 246-110 WAC, as now or hereafter amended;
(e) The department at the first opportunity, but in no case longer than twenty-four hours, upon knowledge of any person required by chapter 110-06 WAC to have a change in their background check history due to:
(i) A pending charge or conviction for a crime listed in chapter 110-06 WAC;
(ii) An allegation or finding of child abuse, neglect, maltreatment or exploitation under chapter 26.44 RCW or chapter 388-15 WAC;
(iii) An allegation or finding of abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult under chapter 74.34 RCW; or
(iv) A pending charge or conviction of a crime listed in the director's list in chapter 110-06 WAC from outside Washington state, or a "negative action" as defined in RCW 43.216.010.
(3) In addition to reporting to the department by phone or email, an early learning provider must submit a written incident report of the following on a department form within twenty-four hours:
(a) Situations that required an emergency response from emergency services (911), Washington poison center, or department of health;
(b) Situations that occur while children are in care that may put children at risk including, but not limited to, inappropriate sexual touching, neglect, physical abuse, maltreatment, or exploitation; and
(c) A serious injury to a child in care.
(4) An early learning provider must immediately report to the parent or guardian:
(a) Their child's death, serious injury, need for emergency or poison services; or
(b) An incident involving their child that was reported to the local health jurisdiction or the department of health.
[WSR 18-15-001, recodified as § 110-300-0475, filed 7/5/18, effective 7/5/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.070, 43.215.201 and chapter 42.56 RCW. WSR 18-14-079, § 170-300-0475, filed 6/30/18, effective 8/1/19.]
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