Mandated reporting laws require certain professionals to report child abuse and neglect concerns. While some States require all people to report, many States identify specific professionals as mandated reporters. These often include the following:<
- Social workers
- Health-care professionals
- Child care providers
- Law enforcement
To help families in need of concrete support such as food, shelter, child care, transportation, or medical care, many States have started to offer helplines. These helplines allow community members to reach out to find support for families rather than only reporting child abuse and neglect.
The current mandated reporting system has led to the over-surveillance of families experiencing poverty and families of color. This has contributed to distrust in the child welfare system and may add to families’ reluctance to reach out for help when facing a lack of resources or difficulties (e.g., unemployment, housing instability) that are risk factors for child abuse and neglect.
To promote racial equity and increase awareness of alternative ways to support children and families, people are encouraged to become “mandated supporters.” This entails connecting families to helplines or resources that support their basic needs.
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Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
Discusses State laws that designate the groups of professionals required to report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. It also addresses training requirements for mandatory reporters, reporting by other persons, the responsibilities of instit ...Read More
Making and Screening Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect
Discusses State laws and regulations that specify the procedures that State child protection agencies must follow when responding to reports of suspected child abuse or neglect including individual responsibility to report, content of reports, and mo ...Read More
Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect
This publication discusses State laws that require clergy members to report cases of suspected child abuse or neglect. The issue of whether a clergy member can claim privileged communications as a reason for not reporting also is discussed.