Bill would require parental consent before prevention discussion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that would require parental consent before child care agencies can discuss sexual abuse prevention with a child is advancing in the Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Brentwood, passed the Senate 26-6 on Wednesday.

Currently, child care providers send notices home to parents informing them of personal safety training with their children.

But Johnson says there's no specific mention of the section on sexual abuse, which sometimes includes language referring to private body parts.

His bill would require the notice to include the discussion of child sexual abuse prevention and also require the parent or guardian to sign a consent form.

The companion bill remains in a House committee.

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