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What Concerns Do You Have About Being a Mandated Reporter?
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Calling Child Protective Services
As a teacher, the first time you need to call to report suspected child abuse can be very stressful. You often worry about the child, you worry that you may be mistaken, and you worry that the people you are reporting with find out that you called Child Protective Services.
Over a very long career, I’ve had to call to report four cases of suspected abuse of a child, and one time I had to report elder abuse. Everytime I felt sad, uncomfortable and anxious, but I knew it was necessary.
It is very important that as a teacher you address your fears and focus on the fact that you are required by law to report any suspicion of abuse or neglect.
This week you have an opportunity to ask questions, share your experiences ( please do not mention names or schools where you may have had to report) but we can discuss incidents in a confidential way to help everyone learn.
What, if anything, worries you about having to report suspected child abuse?
If you have had to report, and are comfortable, please share how you remember feeling about making the call to Child Protective Services?
Neglect is also a reportable situation. Are you comfortable you know how to identity neglect? Give us an example of neglect.