Date: 5/16/2017, 9:00 am—5:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
Child abuse is more than bruises. While physical abuse often leaves visible scars, not all abuse is as obvious, but can do just as much harm. It is important that individuals working with and around children be able to know what constitutes child neglect or abuse and know how to identify potential signs. This course will enable mandated reporters to identify, assess, and report child abuse. This course will discuss the legal responsibilities of the mandated reporter in the State of California. It will identify what mandated reporters should consider when child abuse or neglect is suspected, including physical indicators, behavioral indicators, and cultural considerations. The legal protections related to immunity to the mandated reporter will be discussed as well as potential liability for failing to report. Additionally, this course will also provide an overview of how Public Child Welfare is structured in California and what happens to a report once a mandated reporter has made a report.