There are no gray areas when reporting child abuse

Mandated Reporters

Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse

The seminar (Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse) opened my eyes as to how simple behaviors can illustrate a call for help."

Young children may not be able to talk about their feelings. They 'act' out the good and bad in their lives. We can help by teaching an understanding of the signs, how to handle and when to report!

Recognizing and Responding to Child Abuse

If a mandated reporter has "reasonable cause to suspect", he or she must report. It is the law and you are responsible, legally and ethically. The ramifications of not reporting allow a perpetrator to continue offending and are devastating to the child. This workshop explains in detail what to look for and how to handle these problems in your environment.

Family Support Line offers a series of seminars specifically for professionals working with children. Our aim is to help those professionals understand the signs of abuse and respond in the most productive way. Programs are presented at schools, colleges, mental health agencies, residential facilities and other venues upon request.

Family Support Line also offers training DVD's to help your staff.  The goal is to make them aware of the signs of abuse so that they are more confident about reporting these situations. Special emphasis will be placed on recognizing the signs of sexual abuse which often goes unrecognized and unreported. Learn skills that can help you to save a child.

Learn more about our seminar:

Recognizing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse

Our mandated reporter training is also offered in a 3-part DVD Series:

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse 

Watch a sample of Part One: Child Abuse in our Communities

Who Should Attend: 

It is important that administrators, teachers, counselors, social workers, therapists and anyone who works with children attend this training so that they can recognize and respond to child abuse. Increasingly, volunteers are required to attend trainings and report any suspected abuse of children. It is critical that schools and organizations understand the issues, the law, and have the skills to handle a disclosure and follow-up to support the children in their care.

What's Covered: 

  • Identify the four types of child abuse
  • Distinguish between criminal and civil law (Child Protective Services Law)
  • Responsibilities of mandated reporters

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Program Benefits: 

  • Renewed commitment to protect children
  • Increased awareness of potential victims
  • Build support system among staff around these difficult issues

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Contact Information

Kelly J. Ace, PhD, JD
Program Director
(610) 268-9145 ext. 14