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Mandated Reporter Training. Kids count on you!. Who is a mandated reporter?. Georgia law requires all school personnel who come in contact with children to report suspected child abuse. Child Abuse in Georgia. In Georgia…. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Mandated Reporter Training

Very young and or inexperienced parents/ caregivers may not understand a childs behaviors and needs and may not know what to expect at each stage of the childs development.

Who is a mandated reporter?Georgia law requires all school personnel who come in contact with children to report suspected child abuse.

Child Abuse in Georgia200120022003Reports82,41285,46492,612Substan-tiated39,49344,93227,911Neglect28,211 71%32,285 72%39,538 81%Physical 4,069 10% 3,941 9% 4,791 10%Sexual 2,215 6% 2,256 5% 2,285 5%Emotional 1,655 4% 1,682 4% 1,466 3%Other 3,343 8% 4,668 10% 539 1%Fatalities485170In GeorgiaOnce every 30 minutes a child is the victim of confirmed abuse or neglect.

66% of child deaths related to abuse and neglect were determined to be preventable.

The majority of maltreaters (83%) are the parents of the child.Throughout the NationCategory1999200020012002Reports3.2 mil.2.9 mil.3 mil. 2.6 mil.Cases1 mil.879,000840,000896,000Neglect46%63%57%60%Physical18%19%19% 20%Sexual9%10%10%10%Emotional4%8%7%7%Other23%17%19%20%Fatalities1,3961,3561,3001,400National Statistics:Over half of all victims are under the age of seven90% of adult prisoners report being abused as a childOver 75% of child fatalities reported as a result of child abuse and neglect occur in children under the age of four.The leading cause of maltreatment death is neglect73% of children who were sexually abused had their abuse last more than five years.Parental and Family Factors that May Lead to Child Abuse & NeglectParental / Caregiver Immaturity7Initiate discussion as to why parents abuse. We look at parental and family factors because, on average, over 80% of maltreaters are the biological parent.Parental and Family Factors that May Lead to Child Abuse & NeglectParental / Caregiver ImmaturityUnrealistic Expectations

Expectations of the child are beyond what he/she is developmentally capable of performing.

Parental and Family Factors that May Lead to Child Abuse & NeglectParental / Caregiver ImmaturityUnrealistic ExpectationsSocial Isolation

A lack of friends or family to help with the demands of parenting or to provide adult companionship and support for the parent / caregiver.

Parental and Family Factors that May Lead to Child Abuse & NeglectParental / Caregiver ImmaturityUnrealistic ExpectationsSocial IsolationUnmet Emotional Needs

Parents who are not relating well to other adults may turn to their child to satisfy their need for love, acceptance, and self-esteem.

Parental and Family Factors that May Lead to Child Abuse & NeglectParental / Caregiver ImmaturityUnrealistic ExpectationsSocial IsolationUnmet Emotional NeedsFrequent Crisis

Financial, job, marital, and legal stresses / problems as well as major illness, etc., may contribute to abuse or neglect of children.

Parental and Family Factors that May Lead to Child Abuse & NeglectParental / Caregiver ImmaturityUnrealistic ExpectationsSocial IsolationUnmet Emotional NeedsFrequent CrisisPoor Childhood Experiences

Many abusive adults were mistreated as children and may not have learned or developed the ability to relate to children in an appropriate, nonviolent manner.

Parental and Family Factors that May Lead to Child Abuse & NeglectParental / Caregiver ImmaturityUnrealistic ExpectationsSocial IsolationUnmet Emotional NeedsFrequent CrisisPoor Childhood ExperiencesDrug or Alcohol Problems

Such problems impair parental ability to care properly for children and may expose the children to danger.

Parental and Family Factors that May Lead to Child Abuse & NeglectParental / Caregiver ImmaturityUnrealistic ExpectationsSocial IsolationUnmet Emotional NeedsFrequent CrisisPoor Childhood ExperiencesDrug or Alcohol ProblemsMental Illness

Untreated and / or chronic mental illness could lead to abuse and neglect.

Parental and Family Factors that May Lead to Child Abuse & NeglectParental / Caregiver ImmaturityUnrealistic ExpectationsSocial IsolationUnmet Emotional NeedsFrequent CrisisPoor Childhood ExperiencesDrug or Alcohol ProblemsMental IllnessPoor Family BoundariesFailure to protect a child from harm can include: unlimited access to the home by many outsiders, access to medications, dangerous objects and animals, lack of adequate supervision, etc.

Indicators of Possible AbusePlease see first two pages of your Mandated Reporter training manual.Training manual, pages 3-5:What to do When a Child Discloses

Types of Disclosures

When You Suspect a Child is Being AbusedWho must report?Georgia law requires all school personnel who come in contact with children to report suspected child abuse.

Each school has an internal child abuse reporting protocol.Rights of the Mandated ReporterAnonymity or confidentiality.

Knowledge of the outcome only of a reportWhat are the penalties for not reporting?Any person or official required by Georgia law to report suspected cases of child abuse and who knowingly and willfully fails to do so shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. You may also be disciplined by your school system or lose your position.

Role of Child Protective ServicesInterview the child and parents/caregivers.Arrange for the medical examination of a child if the child is believed to have sustained injuries.Assess the parents/caregivers abilities to care for the childProvide support services to enable parents/caregivers to care for the childRole of Child Protective ServicesRequest immediate temporary custody of a child from the judge in juvenile court when a report of abuse and/or neglect is substantiated.Petition the court for permanent custody of a child when the parents/guardians, when given support and assistance, fail to demonstrate an ability or willingness to care for the childWhat happens when you make a report?DFCS determines if there is an existing open case.DFCS provides law enforcement with a copy of the referral.DFCS assigns investigation priority.Children, parents, and others are interviewed.

Factors for PreventionExpress positive expectationsEncourage goal setting and masteryEncourage pro-social development (altruism, empathy, cooperation)Provide opportunities for leadershipFoster active involvement for all studentsUtilize cooperative learningInvolve parentsModel pro-social behavior