Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting: Goals
Dr. Erma Jean Sims,
Sonoma State University
There are four main goals of this session on mandatory child abuse reporting. The first goal is to help teachers develop knowledge about what child abuse is and to familiarize teachers with mandatory child abuse reporting requirements. The second goal is to help teachers gain an awareness and understanding of the laws that pertain to mandatory child abuse reporting and how to prevent legal liability. The third goal is to help teachers recognize incidents of child abuse in their own classrooms. The fourth one is to help teachers identify appropriate ways to respond to both known and suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect. We will accomplish these goals by reviewing the law that pertains to mandatory child abuse reporting. We will discuss scenarios in which you will have an opportunity to make real world application of the law to these scenarios. These child abuse scenarios were designed to heighten your consciousness to similar incidents of child abuse you may encounter in your own classroom. At the end of this session on mandatory child abuse reporting you should be able to do four things. One, understand and demonstrate your knowledge of the duty to report all incidents of child abuse. Two, demonstrate your knowledge of the California law related to child abuse and mandatory reporting. Three, act in accordance with state and federal mandates pertaining to mandatory child abuse reporting. And four, recognize when incidents of child abuse occur and take appropriate action.
CREDITS: Instruction and Content by Dr. Erma Jean Sims, Sonoma State University. Videography and Technical support by Mark Niemann, Sonoma State University