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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.

5 Things Teens Should Do
During National Cybersecurity Month

October is National Cybersecurity Month. This is a great time to encourage teens to take steps to better protect themselves and their devices. Here are 5 things they should do to start:

1. Change their passwords. Remind them to change passwords often, make them easy to remember but not easy to guess, and to keep them private (no sharing with friends!).

2. Edit privacy settings on all of their social media sites and apps so only people they have approved can see what they post.

3. Check for software updates on their computers and mobile devices. If they're not using the most current version, they might be missing out on some important security fixes.

4. Find the reporting features on the sites and apps they use so they know how to report spam and potential scams.

5. Check the location settings on their smartphones. They should turn off GPS for any apps that don't really need it.

For more resources visit NetSmartz.org

Prevention Education Programs

Child Abuse is 100% preventable…

If we care more than others think is wise,

If we risk more than others think is safe,

If we dream more than others think is practical,

and If we expect more than others think is possible.

Get involved and learn how YOU can prevent child abuse! FCCAP offers FREE trainings for providers, parents and youth.

Download our brochure with descriptions of all the trainings FCCAP offers: Eng/Span or click on the different trainings below for more information.

If you would like a child abuse training at your location, please contact FCCAP at 559-268-1118 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or you may click on the training request form link below, complete and email to the above address or fax to 559-268-1119

The Mandated Reporter Program is funded by the Children's Trust Fund and The Fansler Foundation. Thank you!

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