Keeping Kids in School: The Urgent Need for Reform of School Discipline in NH

This week, as a member of the Juvenile Reform Project, a coalition of the Collaborative, New Hampshire Legal Assistance, ACLU of New Hampshire, Disability Rights Center - NH, and Waypoint, we released Keeping Kids in School: The Urgent Need for Reform of School Discipline in NH.

Report: Minority, disabled kids suffer more from school suspensions, expulsions

Students with disabilities and minority students are more likely than other pupils to face educationally disruptive, out-of-school suspensions, according to findings issued Monday by social service organizations and civil rights groups.

Legislation addresses some of child advocates' concerns

Parents and child behavioral health advocates hope a recent report from a state watchdog office will spur action at the Statehouse this session.

In a report this week, the Office of the Child Advocate highlighted numerous areas of concern about the state Division of Children, Youth and Families, saying the child protection agency lacks sufficient workforce and resources, doesn’t pay enough attention to psychological abuse and isn’t ensuring that children are safe in residential treatment centers.

Office of Child Advocate Releases First Annual Report

Children suffering psychological abuse are underserved by New Hampshire’s child protection system, according to a report released Monday by the state Office of the Child Advocate.

Part of the problem is a vague state law defining child abuse and neglect that discourages action, said Moira O’Neill, who directs the office. But the report also describes cases of parents who continue to “berate and bully” their children while under state supervision.

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