Mandated Reporters: Protection Does Not Weaken Accountability
Dear Chronicle of Social Change, Dr. Franne Sippel and I are licensed professionals who have dedicated our careers to serving vulnerable children and their families. In the course of our work on the front lines, we have observed gaps in protection from liability for mandatory reporters.
Just What We Need in Child Welfare: Less Accountability!
Pity the poor, oppressed “mandated reporter” of child abuse. Sure, they already have protections from lawsuits that are so strong that they have to not only violate the law but have good reason to know they’re doing it, or be acting maliciously, before a jury can even consider what they’ve done to an innocent family.
Existing Protections Fall Short for Mandated Child Abuse Reporters
In 2001, graduate assistant Mike McQueary followed Penn State protocol when, after witnessing retired football coach Jerry Sandusky molesting a boy in a locker room shower, he told Coach Joe Paterno and two other superiors what he saw.