Recent high-profile cases have emphasized the need for all higher education employees (whether they are legally designated mandated reporters or not) to be trained on properly reporting potential child abuse.
The Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting Mandates training course trains education employees to recognize and report suspected child maltreatment. It also explains when they could be legally required to do so and the potential civil and criminal penalties for failure to report. The Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting Mandates course is available in versions applicable to all K-12 educators along with higher education faculty, staff and student employees.
Child Abuse Training Mandates are Changing
State after state is expanding their rule for who is required to report suspected child abuse, either sexual or otherwise. Legislation is pending, enacted or being returned for revision, but the trend is nationwide. The expansion of these guidelines are leaving schools and universities struggling to create policies, enact procedures, train staff, and be ready to respond to the new and upcoming legislation on child abuse prevention. The child abuse reporting regulations are, of course, a direct response to the recent scandals on campuses around the nation.
Who Needs to Take a Child Abuse Course?
While many argue the responsibility and the skill level required to recognize suspected child abuse is too great, your directive is clear: protect children at any cost. As the list of child abuse mandatory reporters continues to unfold, the impact on universities to keep pace with evolving legislation and public demand is critical. The ability to spot possible abuse is not innate. You must train your mandatory reporters on what to look for, as well as how to report the child abuse. Training online equips your staff thoroughly and efficiently.
Do not assume your staff has the ability to recognize child abuse. In so many of the scandals brought to light, the public is shocked at the length of time the abuse went on, but psychologists say they shouldn't be; abusers are highly skilled in secreting their behavior and their victims are commonly afraid to tell.
For tomorrow, the failure to comply with mandatory reporting and the failure to adequately train reporters won’t be a moral dilemma; it will be a legal violation. Smart lawyers will look to the procedures you have in place, to determine whether you performed your due diligence in dealing with this issue. Look to Workplace Answers for help. Our Child Abuse Prevention and Mandatory Reporting course will help you better understand the issue, what is required of you, and how to implement the training you need to be in compliance, legally and morally. With ready-to-launch courses, child abuse training online is the fastest way to be prepared, informed, and compliant.