NYLON – The Senate has passed a bill that requires state agencies to communicate with local authorities about individuals who have been accused of child abuse or maltreatment who are operating licensed day care centers of similar facilities.
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According to a release from the office of Senator Patrick Gallivan, the bill, S.398, requires the NYS Office of Children and Family Services to notify relevant local child protective agencies about persons in their area who have been given the status of sex offender or have previously been implicated in initiating child abuse or neglect.
“When it comes to protecting children, it is critical that state and local agencies share information about alleged abusers,” Sen. Gallivan said. “If the operator of a child care facility is accused of child abuse or neglect, the local child protective services agency must be made aware of the allegation as they start their investigation.”
The Office of Child and Family Services operates a statewide central registry, as well as licenses and registers child care providers in New York.
The bill will now go to the Assembly for consideration.
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