A proposed law aiming to train school employees to better identify signs of child abuse or neglect was approved by the California State Assembly last week and now heads to the State Senate.

The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake), would require school workers to receive reporting training, which has never been mandatory.

The training would focus on picking up signs of physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional abuse and how to go about reporting it to law enforcement.

“Our current system fails, if it prolongs a child’s pain,” Gatto said in a statement. “AB 1432 is a straightforward means of making sure school personnel grasp the magnitude of their responsibilities for protecting our children from predators.”

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