It's The Law, New York: Summer Camp Directors Must Report Suspected Child Abuse Cases

By Celeste Katz (NY Daily News)
August 12, 2011

Summer camp directors have a new responsibility: Reporting suspected cases of child abuse.

Our Glenn Blain reports:

Thanks to a new state law, camp directors are on the list of child care professionals mandated to report any signs of suspected child abuse to state officials, according to Gov. Cuomo.

Previously, state regulations only required camp directors to report suspected cases of child abuse that happened while the child was at the camp.

"Those who work with our children at summer camps are well positioned to notice the signs of child abuse," Cuomo said.

"By requiring camp directors to report suspected child maltreatment wherever it may occur, we are stepping up our fight against child abuse and protecting children across New York State. I thank Senator Martins and Assemblyman Englebright for their work on this much-needed legislation."

Interestingly, Cuomo - according to the LRS system - signed the measure into law on June 22nd and it took effect immediately. There's no word on why Cuomo waited until today to announce it.