Tragic child abuse stories have become an everyday occurence in the news. The recent sentencing of Jerry Sandusky and Penn State's negligent initial response is yet another opportunity to learn on how to better protect children. The Fresno Council on Child Abuse Prevention (FCCAP) a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse, has been working to educate and increase community awareness through our Mandated Reporter of Suspected Child Abuse Training services.
Mandated Reporters (MDRs) are professionals who work with or have access to children and are mandated by state law to report suspected child maltreatment. There are 44 classifications of MDRs in California, however many employers do not provide adequate training or any training at all!
Since 1981, FCCAP has provided education on the California Child Abuse Reporting Laws for all MDR professionals so they may understand proper protocols related to child abuse reporting. Also, parents and community members should check with institutions such as schools and child/youth service organizations to see if all people involved with child activities are trained on the California Child Abuse Reporting laws.
FCCAP has spent the past 30 years developing a culture of shared responsibility and taking a pro-active stance in the continuing struggle against child abuse. By collaborating with community partners, FCCAP seeks to widen the community of responsibility — giving children the tools to protect themselves, and adults the resources to protect children. To find out more about scheduling a Mandated Reporter Training call 559-268-1118 or email
The Mandated Reporter Program is funded by the Children's Trust Fund and The Fansler Foundation. Thank you!