Filling the Shoes of a Mandated Reporter: Know your Role

The position of a mandated reporter is a huge responsibility and is not something to take lightly.  A 2015 study found that nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. annually. Sadly, roughly four out of five abusers were the victims’ parents. When it comes to saving the life of a child, it is important to know where a mandated reporter fits in and to be familiar with the various laws in place in order to stay compliant.

A mandated reporter is a professional who is legally required to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to relevant authorities. There are federal laws that protect abused children and can help remove these young victims from their abusers. Before this can occur, a mandated reporter must abide by their duties and report suspected abuse. This is the only way to prevent further abuse from happening.

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