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9 DE Admin. Code 302
The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families ("DSCYF") initiated proceedings to adopt State of Delaware DELACARE Regulations - Child Protection Registry Checks for Health Care Facilities, Public Schools, Private Schools and Youth Camps to comply with changes in Delaware Code. On March 1, 2016 the proposed changes were published in the Delaware Register of Regulations. Written comments were accepted until March 31, 2016. Several regulations were revised based on the comments received. The results of the evaluation of the comments received are summarized in the accompanying "Summary of Evidence."
In accordance with Delaware law, the Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) published in the Delaware Register of Regulations DELACARE Regulations - Child Protection Registry Checks for Health Care Facilities, Public Schools, Private Schools and Youth Camps in March 2016. The period of public comment ended March 31, 2016. Comments were provided by the following:
The regulation appears to omit provisions related to student teachers implementing 31 Del.C. §309(e)(1). That statute contemplates submission of registry information to the student teacher's college/university while the regulation only envisions submission of the information to an employer (which does not include a college/university).
Agency Response: The agency revised two definitions under regulation 3.0 "Employer" to include higher education institutions and "Person seeking employment" to include student teachers. These revisions make it clear that registry checks will be conducted on student teachers and the results will be provided to the higher education institution.
Agency Response: The agency revised regulation 6.4 to include "and person seeking employment is notified of the results."
Agency Response: The agency deleted regulation 4.2 to eliminate the inconsistency.
THEREFORE, IT IS SO ORDERED, this 14th day of April, 2016, that the proposed Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families DELACARE Regulations - Child Protection Registry Checks for Health Care Facilities, Public Schools, Private Schools and Youth Camps is adopted and shall become effective ten (10) days from the date of its publication in the Delaware Register of Regulations, in accordance with 29 Del.C. §10118(e) and (g).
Child Protection Registry means a central registry of information about persons the Division of Family Services has found cause to believe, or a court has substantiated through court adjudication, have committed child abuse or neglect since August 1, 1994.
Child Protection Registry Check means a computer search of the Child Protection Registry to determine if a person is a perpetrator in any substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect.
“Child Care Facility means any child care facility which is required to be licensed by The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.
Child Care Person means any person seeking employment in a child care facility with regular direct access to children in care. This definition shall also include any person applying for a license to operate a child care facility.
Conditional Child Care Person” means a child care person who has been offered a position or has agreed to volunteer in a child care facility. Under the provisions of the law, employment shall be conditional and contingent upon the receipt of the child protection registry check by the employer.
Conditional Health Care Person” means a health care person who has been offered a position or has agreed to volunteer in a health care facility. Under the provisions of the law, employment shall be conditional and contingent upon the receipt of the child protection registry check by the employer.
Conditional Public School Person means a public school person who has been offered a position or has agreed to volunteer in a public school. Under the provisions of the law, employment shall be conditional and contingent upon the receipt of the child protection registry check by the employer.
“Criminal History Unit” means the Unit located in the Division of Family Services that is responsible for conducting the Child Protection Registry checks for child care, public school and health care persons.
“Department” means the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families or any of the Divisions.
“Direct Access” means the opportunity to have personal contact with persons receiving care during the course of one’s assigned duties.
“Division of Family Services” means the Division that maintains the Child Protection Registry.
“Employer” means any child care facility, public school or health care facility as defined.
“Health Care Facility” means any custodial or residential facility where health, nutritional, or personal care is provided for persons including nursing homes, hospitals, home health care agencies and adult day care facilities.
“Health Care Person” means any person seeking employment in a health care facility.
“Person Seeking Employment” means any person applying for employment in a public school or public school district, any person applying for employment in a health care facility or child care facility, or a person applying for licensure to operate a child care facility. This definition also includes volunteers.
Person Seeking Employment With a Public Schoolmeans any person seeking employment for compensation with a public school or with an agency that supplies contracted services to students of a public school or any other person who for any reason has regular direct access to children at any public school, as that term is defined in this section, including substitute teachers.
Public School means any public school and includes any board of education, school district, reorganized school district, special school district, or charter school, and any person acting as an agent thereof.
“Volunteer” means any person who has direct access to persons receiving care during the performance of unpaid duties.
The legal base for these regulations is in 11 Del.C. §8563 and 31 Del.C. §309.
The overall purpose of these regulations is to protect the "vulnerable" population in health care facilities[,] public schools, private schools, and youth camps. Therefore, persons seeking employment in a health care facility, public school, or youth camp shall submit to a child protection registry check. People seeking employment in a private school may voluntarily submit to a child protection registry check. A child protection registry search will be conducted to determine if the person is active on the registry as a perpetrator in any substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect.
"Active on the child protection registry" means substantiated by the Division of Family Services for abuse or neglect at level II, III[,] or IV and reportable to employers.
"Child protection registry" means a central registry of information about [people persons] the Division of Family Services has found cause to believe or a court has substantiated through court adjudication as having committed child abuse or neglect since August 1, 1994. [The Each] substantiated incident shall be designated at one of three levels: II, III, IV.
"Child protection registry check" means a computer search of the child protection registry to determine if a person is active on the registry as a perpetrator in any substantiated case[s] of child abuse or neglect.
"Criminal History Unit" means the [Department] unit[,] located in the Division of Family Services that is responsible for completing child protection registry checks.
"Department" means the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families.
"Direct access" means the opportunity to have personal contact with people receiving care or education during the course of one's assigned duties.
"Division of Family Services" means the division that maintains the child protection registry.
"Employer" means any health care facility, [higher education institution,] public school, private school, or youth camp as defined.
"Health care facility" means any custodial or residential facility where health, nutritional, or personal care is provided for people including nursing homes, hospitals, home health care facilities, and adult day care facilities.
"Person seeking employment" means any person applying for employment in a public school or public school district, or with an agency that supplies contracted services to students of a public school, or any other person who for any reason has regular direct access to children at any public school, or any person applying for employment in a health care facility or at a youth camp. This definition also includes volunteers[, student teachers,] and substitute teachers.
"Private School" means a school having any or all of grades kindergarten through twelve, operating under a board of trustees and maintaining a faculty and plant which are properly supervised.
"Public school" means any public school and includes any board of education, school district, charter school, or any person acting as a representative of one.
"Volunteer" means any person who has direct access to people receiving care or education during the course of one's assigned unpaid duties.
"Youth camp" means a child-serving entity having custody or control of one or more school-age children, unattended by parent or guardian, for the purpose of providing a program of recreational, athletic, educational and/or religious instruction or guidance and operates for up to 12 weeks for three or more hours per day, during the months of May through September or some portion thereof, or during holiday breaks in the course of a school year, and is operated in a space or location that is not subject to licensing pursuant to 31 Del.C. §344.
[4.1 ] Persons seeking employment in a health care facility, public school, or youth camp who have direct access to people receiving care or education are subject to the child protection registry check.
[4.2 Persons seeking to volunteer or work as a contractor in a public school or youth camp who have direct access to people receiving care or education are subject to the child protection registry check.]
6.2 After [receiving the employer obtains] the signed release and payment [is received] from the applicant[, or employer,] the Criminal History Unit conducts a child protection registry check to find out if the person is active on the registry as a perpetrator in any substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect.
6.4 When the person is listed in the child protection registry as a perpetrator of child abuse or neglect, the employer [and person seeking employment is are] notified of the results [with a request to provide a copy of the results to the person seeking employment].
No employer who operates a health care facility or youth camp and no public school may hire any person seeking employment if the person is [currently active] on the child protection registry at child protection Level III or IV as provided in 16 Del.C. §923.
Any private school[, or] youth camp operated by a private school[, or any person or organization whose primary concern is that of child welfare and care] may voluntarily submit to having a child protection registry check conducted at such person's or organization's expense according to the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families' procedures.
The Department shall ensure that confidentiality regarding case file reviews and [that the dissemination of] information is only given out according to Department policy.
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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