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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 185. Standards for Licensed Child Day Centers
4/5/2020

22VAC40-185-410. Forbidden Actions.

The following actions or threats thereof are forbidden:

1. Physical punishment, striking a child, roughly handling or shaking a child, restricting movement through binding or tying, forcing a child to assume an uncomfortable position, or exercise as punishment;

2. Enclosure in a small confined space or any space that the child cannot freely exit himself; however, this does not apply to the use of equipment such as cribs, play yards, high chairs, and safety gates when used with children preschool age or younger for their intended purpose;

3. Punishment by another child;

4. Separation from the group so that the child is away from the hearing and vision of a staff member;

5. Withholding or forcing of food or rest;

6. Verbal remarks which are demeaning to the child;

7. Punishment for toileting accidents; and

8. Punishment by applying unpleasant or harmful substances.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217 and 63.2-1734 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Former 22VAC15-30-487 derived from Volume 14, Issue 21, eff. September 1, 1998; amended and renumbered as 22VAC40-185-410, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 01, eff. November 1, 2012.

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