The foundation of FCCAP’s Prevention Education programming is the Mandated Reporter Training. Program because it is absolutely imperative that the professionals in our community who work with children must know and understand the dynamics of the four types of child maltreatment – physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.Mandated Reporters (MDRs) are professionals who are mandated to report suspected abuse and/or neglect which requires continuing education to stay informed on laws and the risk factors associated with child maltreatment, which are substance abuse, parenting knowledge, sexual predators, mental health and poverty. The demand for educating California MDRs increased due to federal and state legislation enacted in the wake of the Penn State/Sandusky scandal. The four new laws that went into effect January 2013 increased the number of California MDRs from 36 to 44 to improve the protection of children from abuse, particularly sexual abuse.
■SB 1264:Will designate any athletic Coach, including, but not limited to, an assistant coach or a graduate assistant involved in coaching, at a public or private postsecondary institution will be a Mandated Reporter.
■CA AB 1434: Adds employees of a public or private institution of higher education, as to child abuse or neglect occurring on that institution’s premises, to the list of individuals who are mandated reporters.
■CA AB 1435: Adds athletic coach, administrator, or director of a public or private organization to the list of individuals who are mandated reporters under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.
■CA AB 1817: Expands the list of persons identified as mandated reporters of child abuse to include
commercial computer technicians.Requires a report to be made when such individuals have
knowledge of or observe a child being subject to or involved in an act of sexual conduct.
However, you don’t need to be a mandated reporter to protect children. All adults should educate themselves in child abuse prevention by contacting our agency to schedule trainings at your office, school or church.