What is a Mandated Reporter?
A mandated reporter is a person who is required by law to report concerns of child abuse or neglect. In some states, all people are required to report their concerns, essentially making every person a mandated reporter. Most states, however, identify specific professionals as mandated reporters. In these cases, mandated reporters typically have frequent contact with children.
What is a Permissive Reporter?
Voluntary reporters are also referred to as “permissive reporters.” A permissive reporter is any person who reports concerns of child abuse—regardless of their profession. Permissive reports are allowed in all states to protect children from suspected child abuse and neglect. In most cases, your identity can remain confidential, and most states provide toll-free phone numbers for receiving reports of abuse or neglect.
Everyone Has a Duty to Protect Children
Regardless of where you live or what you do, we all have a responsibility to protect children from child abuse and neglect. Mandated and permissive reporters who report concerns or suspicions of abuse can help save the lives of children who desperately need their help.
Mandated reporter training can help both mandated and permissive reporters get the tools and resources they need to report the facts and circumstances that led them to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected.