Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Special Education and Rehabilitation

Committee Chair(s)

Donald F. Kline


Donald F. Kline


A model child abuse and neglect reporting policy and procedure was developed which Utah school districts could use in preparing their own district specific policies and procedures for use by district personnel. The development of the model policy was carried out using two groups of consultants for evaluating the model's format, content, and usability. A third group of consultants, the superintendent or a designee in each of the 40 Utah school districts, was asked to evaluate the model policy for completeness, format, and adoptability. The evaluation was made with a questionnaire developed by the researcher and mailed to the 40 Utah superintendents. Accompanying each questionnaire was a letter of transmittal and a self-addressed, stamped, return envelope. Three mailings were utilized to achieve a usable 92.5%return.

Examination of the data collected from the superintendents or a designee showed the following:

1. Averaging the questions regarding the completeness of the model policy, 82 . 5% of the respondents rated the overall model policy as being complete.

2. Seventy-six percent of the respondents felt that the format of the model policy would not cause a problem with existing policy format in their districts.

3 . Seventy percent of the respondents would adopt the model policy for use in their district. (Three districts have a policy dealing with child abuse and neglect and two respondents would recommend adoption.)