California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law CE Course
California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law CE Course Description, Objectives and Outline:
This handbook on child abuse and neglect was written to help mental health and human service professionals understand the Child Abuse Reporting Law and be aware of their reporting responsibilities regarding said abuse.
- Identify at least three frequently asked questions and provide corresponding answers.
- Describe at least one application of the California Child Abuse Reporting Law.
- Identify at least two guidelines used to determine reasonable suspicion.
- Explain at least two major treatment issues.
- Identify at least two relevant resources.
- The Reporting Law
- To whom
- Other protections
- Environment Problems
- Parental clues
- Physical indicators
- Behavioral indicators
- Guidelines to Determine Reasonable Suspicion
- Assessment with a verbal child
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Additional factors in the assessment process
- Assessment with a nonverbal child
- Assessment with the family
- What to tell the parents/caretakers
- Assessment of false allegations
- The Major Treatment Issues
- Therapist’s reactions to working with abuse
- Helpful interventions
- Non-helpful interventions
- Questions Often Asked
- Who am I to say what is abusive?
- What if I make a mistake?
- What is the fine line between abuse and discipline?
- What if the abuse occurred in the past?
- What if an adult state he/she was abused as a child?
- What about testifying in court?
- What age child is most at risk of abuse?
- What is the difference between children’s “normal” sex play and sexual abuse?
- What is the reporting responsibility regarding sexually active minors?
- Are clergy mandated to report?
- Are alcoholism programs exempt from reporting?
- May I make an anonymous report?
- What happens after a report is made?
- Does a positive toxicology screen at the time of delivery require a child abuse report?
- Should a person’s culture be considered in determining if a report should be made?
- What if a parent states their child is receiving treatment by spiritual means or not receiving medical treatment for “religious reasons”?
- What if you are concerned about severing the trust relationship with a client?
- What do you say to a client who is suspected of abusing a child?
- In cases of domestic violence when there is a child in the home, is it reportable as child abuse?
- Do you always tell the suspected abuser that you are making a report?
- If you suspect abuse of a disabled child in a home or institution, is it reportable as child abuse?
- Conclusions and Recommendations
- Department of Justice Reporting Form
- Required Statement of Mandated Reporter- Sample Employee Form
- Confidentiality Policies Statements & Agreement (Sample)
- Community Resources
- Statewide and National Resources
Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd
Author: California Department of Social Services Office of Child Abuse Prevention
The Office of Child Abuse Prevention is grateful to Eliana Gil, Ph.D., for the work she did as the original author of this publication. We also wish to acknowledge the following people for their contributions: Diane Nissen, MSW, Allyson Kohl, LMFT; Catharine J. Ralph, LCSW; and Kim Ralph, MSW.
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