Mandated Reporters Need Training on Context, Critical Thinking
Around the country, child welfare systems large and small have built a front door to child protection that relies heavily on information provided to the state from the public, especially from “mandated reporters” such as school officials, doctors and police officers.
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.