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Reporting Suspected Child Maltreatment: Legal and Ethical Issues

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Reporting Suspected Child Maltreatment: Legal and Ethical Issues is a 2-hour video continuing education (CE) course that outlines the legal requirements for reporting suspected child neglect and child abuse.

Many professionals throughout the United States are mandated reporters of suspected child maltreatment. However, the legal requirement to report is often confusing to navigate in relation to other professional and ethical responsibilities. This workshop provides profession-based context to the role of mandated reporter.

The course opens with a brief history of mandated reporting and the changes to mandated reporting laws over time. We then discuss who is considered a “mandated reporter”, when a report to Child Protective Services (CPS) is necessary, and the concerns regarding under and over reporting.

A detailed discussion highlights the risk factors and indicators of maltreatment and provides specific definitions and examples of the four types of maltreatment (neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse).

Mandated reporters explore a framework that can guide their decision in making the “tough call” of whether to file a report to CPS or not, using research findings and practical advice based on real case examples.

Course #21-56 | 2022 | 2-hour video & handout | 20 posttest questions


Dec 31, 2032


Audiologist , Counselor CE, Dietetics / Dietitian CE, Occupational Therapy CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE





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Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W., is the principal consultant and owner of Krase Consulting, a multi-disciplinary consulting firm with experience in child welfare systems, higher education, non-profit management, and youth sports coaching. is an expert on the professional reporting of suspected child maltreatment and has authored multiple books and articles on the subject. She has years of experience consulting with government and community based organizations to develop policy & practice standards. As part of her extensive work to educate and support healthcare professionals to intervene and protect children when necessary, while respecting and supporting family integrity whenever possible, Dr. Krase offers training, resources, blogs, podcasts, and consultations through her website, Making The Tough Call.

Financial: Kathryn Krase receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources. In addition, Dr, Krase is paid for services provided through her consulting firm and for presenting professional development and training for healthcare professionals. Dr. Krase has authored and co-authored multiple books and papers and receives royalties for some, including Making the Tough Call, Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect, and Child Welfare, Preparing Social Workers for Practice in the Field.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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