Thursday, July 30, 2009

Free online mandated reporter training

On July 6, Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) announced the new online training for those required by law to report suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect in the District.   The training covers:
  • How to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect
  • How to talk to child and youth victims
  • When to report
  • How to report

The training includes pre- and post-tests and learning activities.   This online education opportunity allows users to start, pause and re-start the training.   To participate, go to dc.mandatedreporter.org/.

The training was developed by Western Illinois University's Center for the Application of Information Technologies.

Susie's commentary:   This training is long overdue as became abundantly clear after the Jacks tragedy when the number of mandated reporter trainings dramatically increased.   Good, right?   Not really.   Some of the post-tragedy trainings misinformed attendees, incorrectly representing the law and its mandates.

This should be the required training for all mandated reporters.