The job of a mandated reporter is to stay alert and immediately report suspicions of elderly abuse. Abuse can be financial, physical, verbal, emotional or sexual. It includes abandonment, neglect (including self-neglect) or exploitation (usually financial).
A mandated reporter is a person who, because of his or her profession, is legally required to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the relevant authorities. These laws are in place to prevent children from being abused and to end any possible abuse or neglect at the earliest possible stage.
14.187 Another way to encourage people to report suspected abuse is to make it an offence to fail to do so. This is known as mandatory reporting. It is mandatory for aged care facilities to report certain assaults to the police and to the relevant government department.
Who are Mandated Reporters? Any person who is required by law to report a particular category or type of abuse to the appropriate law enforcement or social service agency. Mandated Reporters are legally responsible to report the incident themselves.
The list of mandated reporters includes teachers, social workers, police officers and clergy. This law is found within the State’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).
Mandated reporters must report to a county child welfare department or to local law enforcement (police or sheriff’s department) immediately by phone.
Mandatory reporting is the legislative requirement for selected classes of people to report suspected child abuse and neglect to government authorities. In NSW, mandatory reporting is regulated by the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (the Care Act).
The Mandatory Reporter Guide (MRG) is a world-first child protection assessment tool. The MRG provides a common platform for decision making regarding the threshold or risk of significant harm (ROSH).
Mandatory reporting legislation provides legal protection to mandatory reporters who make a report, in good faith, about child sexual abuse. If reporters are complying with their obligation to make a mandatory report, they will not incur any civil or criminal liability by making the report.
Mandatory reporting is a term used to describe the legislative requirement imposed on selected classes of people to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect, elder abuse and ‘notifiable conduct’ by another practitioner to government authorities.
As a public policy, mandatory reporting aims to protect children from child abuse and neglect. Mandatory reporting also aims to increase the awareness of child abuse and neglect in professionals who work with children and overcome any reluctance to report this abuse (Cashmore, 2002).
Immediately, or as soon as possible, call a Child Protective Services agency (Child Welfare/Child Protective Services if the abuse is occurring within the family or home or Law Enforcement if the suspected abuser is someone outside the family) to make a verbal report. If the child is in imminent danger, call 9-1-1.
School board members are not mandatory reporters, which means that while a school board member who has a reasonable suspicion of child abuse involving a district student may report the alleged abuse, they are not required by law to do so. Naturally, the Child Protection Law exempts such records from FOIA.
Mandated reporters are required to give their names when making a report. However, the reporter’s identity is kept confidential. Mandated reporters have immunity from state criminal or civil liability for reporting as required.
(b) “General neglect” means the negligent failure of a person having the care or custody of a child to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision where no physical injury to the child has occurred.