We’ll also discuss the social worker’s role as mandated reporter and tease out when you’re a mandated reporter, and when you’re not.
Other articles in this series will provide more detail on what, when, and how to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect.
Henry Kempe, reported on a study of pediatric x-rays that found an alarming number of children with a history of unexplained fractures.
The only possible explanation the doctors could agree on was abuse.
As a result of advocacy efforts from professional and child welfare organizations, the definition of mandated reporter has grown substantially over the past 50 years.
Law enforcement officials, social service workers, educational personnel, and mental health professionals are among those mandated to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect in most, if not all, states.
For the purposes of this article and series, we’ll be focusing on the role of social workers as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect.