Mandated Reporter Training. Department of Human Services. Topics covered in training today. Who should report child maltreatment? Who is mandated to report child maltreatment? How/where do you report? Will anyone know that you made the report to the Child Abuse Hotline?
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Department of Human Services
Any child care worker or foster care worker
A day care center worker
A dental hygienist
A domestic abuse advocate
A domestic violence shelter employee
A domestic violence shelter volunteer
An employee of DHS
An employee working under contract for the Division of Youth Services of the DHS
Any foster parent
A law enforcement official
A licensed nurse
Any medical personnel who may be engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of persons
A mental health professional
A prosecuting attorney
A resident intern
A school counselor
A school official
A social worker
CASA staff member or volunteer
A juvenile intake or probation officer
Clergy, with some restrictions
An employee of a child advocacy or safety center
An attorney ad litem in the course of his or her duties as an AAL
DHS has proposed defining a “school official” as any person authorized by the school to exercise authority over students
Fax to: 1-501-618-8952Fax report is for mandated reporters onlyFax Form is for mandated reporters to make reports of a non-emergency nature only
Names of others in the home
Where the child is located now
Whether there are safety concerns in the home (alcohol, drugs, weapons, etc.)
Who else knows or was told of the situation
Whether there has been a report made to local police
Your identity is kept confidential and will not be released unless a judge orders the information to be released. The judge must look at the information and find reason to believe the reporter knowingly made a false report
The Prosecuting Attorney and law enforcement, upon request, can obtain the name of the person who made the hotline report
Ark. Code Ann. 12-18-502
Sometimes the alleged offender or parent is able to figure out who made the hotline report. If the alleged offender or parent does guess who called, that will NOT be confirmed by the investigator.
Can the mandated reporter tell someone else who makes the hotline report?
Failure to directly report has civil and criminal consequences
12-18-204. Unlawful restriction of child abuse reporting.(a)(1) A person employed at a school, Head Start program, or day care facility commits the offense of unlawful restriction of child abuse reporting if he or she:(A) Prohibits a mandated reporter under this chapter from making a report of child maltreatment or suspected child maltreatment to the Child Abuse Hotline;(B) Requires that a mandated reporter under this chapter receive permission from the person before the mandated reporter makes a report of child maltreatment or suspected child maltreatment to the Child Abuse Hotline; or(C) Knowingly retaliates against a mandated reporter under this chapter for reporting child maltreatment or suspected child maltreatment to the Child Abuse Hotline.(2) Nothing in this section shall prohibit any person or institution from requiring a mandatory reporter employed or serving as a volunteer for a person or institution to inform a representative of that person or institution that the reporter has made a report to the Child Abuse Hotline.(b) Unlawful restriction of child abuse reporting is a Class A misdemeanor.
A person required by this chapter to make a report of child maltreatment or suspected child maltreatment to the Child Abuse Hotline who purposely fails to do so is civilly liable for damages proximately caused by that failure.
12-18-207. Judicial and prosecutorial disclosure.A judge or prosecuting attorney who fails to make a report when required by this chapter is immune from criminal and civil liability under this chapter.
Call the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape & Domestic Violence at (501) 661-7975 or email firstname.lastname@example.org