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PCCA Head Start - Moral Hill Baptist Church
50 Moral Hill Drive
Axton, VA 24054
(434) 432-8911

Current Inspector: Rebecca Forestier (540) 309-2835

Inspection Date: Nov. 27, 2017 and Nov. 28, 2017

Complaint Related: Yes

Areas Reviewed:
63.2 Child Abuse and Neglect
63.2 Facilities and Programs..

A complaint was received on 11/21/2017 from a local agency regarding an allegation of the rough handling of a child by a staff member at the center. An investigation was initiated on 11/21/2017. The accused staff member was interviewed on 11/27/2017 with a local agency representative. Two additional staff members, parent and child were interviewed on 11/28/2017. Based on the interviews of staff, the preponderance of evidence gathered during the investigation supports the allegation and the complaint was determined to be valid.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-400-B
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews with staff, the facility failed to provide behavioral guidance that is constructive in nature, age and stage appropriate, and intended to redirect children to appropriate behavior and resolve conflicts resulting in an inappropriate use of time out for a 5 year old child. Evidence: 1. Staff #1 stated that on 11/16/2017 she took Child #1 into a back storage room behind closed doors to time out for at least 15 minutes and that while she and Child #1 were in the storage room, she grabbed Child #1's arm to redirect him. 2. Additional staff interviewed stated that Staff #1 took Child #1 into a back storage room behind closed doors to time out for at least 15 minutes.

Plan of Correction: The Director and Education Manager will ensure that staff are properly trained and provided refresher trainings to make certain that staff provides a safe environment for children under their daily supervision. Staff will continue to be monitored and observed, to ensure that they understand the importance of providing developmentally appropriate behavioral guidance and practices when redirecting children to the appropriate behavior. All staff will be required to participate in a refresher training on Child Protective Services offered through the Department of Social Services. Staff will revisit the Child Abuse and Neglect Policy and Procedure and their role in being a mandated reporter.

Standard #: 22VAC40-185-410-1
Complaint related: Yes
Description: Based on interviews with staff, child and parents and observations of photos of the injury, the facility failed to ensure that actions towards children that are forbidden by the standards (physical punishment, striking a child, roughly handling or shaking a child) were not used at the center, resulting in injuries to a 5 year old child. Evidence: 1. Pictures were observed on 11/27/17 of Child #1. The pictures show 3 round bruises, the size of a pencil eraser, and a round abrasion of the same size, on the upper right arm of Child #1. 2. Staff #1 was interviewed on 11/27/17 and stated that on 11/16/17 she took Child #1 into a back storage room for time out behind closed doors and during that period of time she grabbed his arm to redirect him. Staff #1 stated that Child #1 cried when grabbed and that she looked at his arm and saw a mark that she believed to be a mosquito bite. 3. Additional staff interviewed stated that they heard Child #1 crying and that Staff #1 took Child #1 into a back storage room for time out. Staff interviews corroborated that while in the storage room, Child #1 began to scream and cry and yelled "I don't like you". 4. Parent #1 was interviewed via telephone on 11/28/17 and stated that on 11/16/17 he received a phone call requesting that Child #1 be picked up. Parent #1 stated that later that evening Child #1 stated that he had a mosquito bite on his arm. Parent #1 stated that he found 3 bruises and an abrasion on Child #1's upper right arm where there had been no marks before being released to the program. 5. Child #1's interview corroborated that while in time out in a storage room behind closed doors, Staff #1 grabbed his arm, that he cried when he was hurt and that Staff #1 told him he had a mosquito bite on his arm.

Plan of Correction: The Director and Education Manager will ensure that staff receive, review, and implement proper procedures ensuring developmentally appropriate practices are enforced outlined in the program policy and procedures, Standard of Conduct, Head Start Program Performance Standards/Licensing regulations and requirements, during service area meetings, trainings, and through posted daily reminders. The staff will receive copies of posted reminders to review regarding the importance of providing a safe and healthy environment for the children in their care at each facility. The staff will be required to review and implement guidelines for proper handling of children at all times to ensure that no harm will arise from the use of inappropriate methods of discipline towards children under the care at each facility. Staff will continue to observe and document any behaviors that result in mistreatment of children under the daily supervision at each facility. Staff was informed of their part in not providing a safe environment for children in their facility, and was informed that they will be reprimanded for their actions. Staff #1 is no longer employed at the facility or program. Employee Warning Notices were issued to remind staff of the importance of their actions in not providing and keeping children safe during daily care and supervision.


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