Mandated Reporters training
As of February 2012, mandated reporters have additional reporting obligations under Massachusetts' new human trafficking law.
While anyone who suspects a child is being abused, neglected or exploited can and should file a 51A Report with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families ("DCF"), professionals who have been designated as mandated reporters are required by law to do so.
Because they are often the first adults to see signs of or be told about maltreatment, mandated reporters play an integral part in the protection of our children.
As of January 2010, mandated reporters who are professionally licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required by statute to complete a training, which teaches them how to recognize and report suspected child abuse and neglect.
This online training was designed by the Children's Advocacy Center in collaboration with the Northwestern District Attorney's Office to help mandated reporters who work in Hampshire and Franklin Counties and the North Quabbin Region and who work with children who reside in the Northwestern District:
Understand their legal obligations as mandated reporters
Recognize possible signs and symptoms of child abuse, neglect and exploitation
Know how to respond to a child who discloses abuse
Know how to file a 51A Report
Understand what happens after a 51A Report is filed
The structure of this self-paced training is as follows:
Why is Mandated Reporting Important?
Who is a Mandated Reporter?
Duties of a Mandated Reporter
Protections for Mandated Reporters
Criminal Penalties for Failing to File
Recognizing Child Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
Physical Child Abuse
Sexual Child Abuse
Physical Dependence Upon an Addictive Drug at Birth
Responding to Disclosures of Abuse
How to File a 51A Report
What Happens After a 51A Report is Filed
Conclusion/Certificate of Completion