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Are you a mandated reporter of child abuse?

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Enter your state to find out if you need to report child abuse and neglect.

Are you a mandated reporter of child abuse?

Find out who must report child abuse

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The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requires each State to have procedures in place for requiring certain individuals to report known or suspected instances of child abuse and neglect.

Mandated Reporter Training

What should you do when you suspect child abuse or neglect is happening? How do you make a report and what information do you need to provide? Reporting concerns about child abuse and neglect can feel overwhelming. That’s why training is a key component of mandated reporting, and, in most states, required by law.

What is Mandated Reporter Training?

Mandated reporter training provides mandatory and voluntary reporters the information and tools necessary to identify and report concerns of child abuse or neglect. The circumstances under which a mandatory reporter must make a report vary from state to state.

Typically, a report must be made when the reporter, in his or her official capacity, suspects or has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected, or in situations in which the reporter has knowledge of, or observes a child being subjected to, conditions that would reasonably result in harm to the child.

Mandated Reporter Training provides the knowledge and skills to help reporters and volunteers carry out their responsibilities.

Being a mandated reporter isn’t easy. For some, identifying signs of abuse can be troublesome. Others worry about a negative experience resulting from the reporting process or are unsure of the confidentiality of their report.

The prevention of child abuse and neglect is critical to protect our youth. Mandated Reporter Training helps reporters to better understand their state laws and reporting responsibilities, and to identify and address issues of neglect, abuse, and maltreatment.


Who is Required to Report?


Penalties For Failure To Report

False Reporting

When is a report required?

Where does it go?


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