California Mandated Reporter Training. Objectives of Mandated Reporter Training. Provide a brief history of child abuse reporting Review statistics/ impact of child maltreatment Educate about purpose/intent of the law Define child abuse and neglect in California
Provide a brief history of child abuse reporting
Review statistics/ impact of child maltreatment
Educate about purpose/intent of the law
Define child abuse and neglect in California
Recognize signs of child maltreatment
Identify risk factors and red flags
Who are mandated reporters
When and how to report child abuse
What happens after a report is made
87,000 Substantiated Victims of Abuse and Neglect
The Still Face Experiment
Under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) when the victim is a child (anyone under the age of 18) and the perpetrator is any person (including a child) the following types of abuse must be reported:
A statement by the child that the injury was caused by abuse
Per CANRA, Child Sexual Abuse includes:
Negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by a person responsible for child’s welfare.
Includes- Acts and Omissions
The neglect either causes harm or threatens to harm the child’s health or welfare.
Risk Factors report?
Mandated reporters are individuals who are mandated by law to report known or suspected instances of child maltreatment
Over 40 categories listed in CANRA (P.C. 11165.7)
Primarily people who have regular contact with children through their employment
“…it is objectively reasonable for a person to entertain a suspicion, based upon facts that could cause a reasonable person in a like position, drawing, when appropriate, on his or her training and experience, to suspect child abuse or neglect.
"Reasonable suspicion" does not require certainty that child abuse or neglect has occurred nor does it require a specific medical indication of child abuse or neglect; any "reasonable suspicion" is sufficient.”
P.C. 11166 (a) (1)
Calling the report?
Reporting Party’s information