About This Chapter
Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect - Chapter Summary
Understand the mandates associated with reporting instances of child abuse and neglect with help from this chapter. Short lessons offer an in-depth explanation of rules and procedures associated with mandated reporting. By reviewing this chapter, you can gain greater insight into the following:
- Definition and laws of mandated reporting
- Role teachers play in recognizing and reporting child abuse
- How to respond to a student's disclosure of abuse
- Intervention procedures for child abuse and neglect
- Tips for managing feelings about reporting abuse
- Confidentiality protections for mandated reporters
- Ramifications of failure to report child abuse and neglect
Lessons are accessible 24/7 and can be viewed utilizing any computer, smartphone or tablet. Use the quizzes and practice exam in this chapter to feel confident in your understanding of mandated child abuse and neglect reporting.
How It Helps
- Introduces concepts: This chapter introduces the concept of mandatory reporting as it relates to child abuse and neglect.
- Addresses roles and responsibilities: Lessons take a close look at the laws and procedures associated with mandatory reporting and the responsibilities of educators who recognize abuse and neglect in children.
- Ensures students get help: Understanding mandated reporting and your role in reporting neglect and abuse can ensure you take the proper steps to help your students.
Reviewing this chapter's lessons can ensure you're able to:
- Discuss the laws associated with mandated reporting
- Explain the role you play as a teacher in recognizing and reporting abuse and neglect
- Respond appropriately if a student discloses issues of abuse
- Utilize the correct procedures of intervention for child abuse and neglect
- Manage feelings associated with reporting child abuse
- Describe the legal protections that exist for mandatory reporters
- Explain the repercussions of failing to report instances of abuse or neglect
1. Mandated Reporting: Definition & Laws
In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of mandated reporting in child abuse and neglect and compare the laws governing this concept across the states.
2. The Role of Teachers in Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse
Child abuse is a serious problem, and teachers have a moral and ethical obligation to help abused children by reporting concerns. This lesson will review your role in recognizing and reporting child abuse.
3. Responding to a Student's Disclosure of Abuse
What would you do if a student came to you and told you that they were being abused? What would be your first response? Handling a student's disclosure of abuse can be stressful for everyone involved. In this lesson, we will take a look at some of the important ways to respond to a disclosure of abuse.
4. Child Abuse & Neglect Intervention Procedures
When child abuse or neglect is suspected, educators must take action. In this lesson, we'll discuss the procedures for intervening when child abuse or neglect is suspected.
5. Dealing with Feelings About Reporting Child Abuse
Teachers and other school staff are mandated reporters of child abuse. This lesson will review what this means, and what is considered child abuse. Teachers will learn how to cope with negative feelings in learning of child abuse, making the report, and during the investigation process.
6. Legal Protections for Mandated Reporters
In this lesson, you will have the opportunity to learn about mandated reporters and their role in protecting the vulnerable. Further, you will get a better understanding about their legal protection for reporting.
7. Failing to Report Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect as a Mandated Reporter
Federal and state laws have been created which require certain professionals to be mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse. This is a general overview of child abuse reporting requirements and potential consequences of failing to report with an emphasis on education professionals.
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