Making the Tough Call: Social Workers as Mandated Reporters

Social workers are mandated reporters of suspected child maltreatment in all 50 states. Some states require social workers to make reports of suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults, too. However, laws vary from state to state. Read more


Social workers are mandated reporters of suspected child maltreatment in all 50 states. The same is not true of requirements to report elder abuse or intimate partner violence. Read more

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If the law requires you as a social worker to make reports of suspected child maltreatment and you fail to do so, there are legal, professional, and societal consequences. Read more


Congratulations! You used your education, experience, expertise, and critical thinking skills to make a tough call to Child Protective Services. Now you’re wondering what’s next… Read more

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When deciding whether to make a report, or not, mandated reporters often wonder, “What if I’m wrong?” “Can I be sued?” “Can I lose my license?” Read more


As a mandated reporter, the law requires that you make a report as soon as you have REASONABLE SUSPICION (or reasonable cause to suspect/believe) that child abuse or neglect is occurring or is about to occur. But what does reasonable suspicion mean, Read more


Since your first practice class in a social work program, you’ve been told 1,001 times that you must keep client information confidential. And yet you are a mandated reporter, required by law to report suspicions of child abuse. Is there a conflict Read more

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Many mandated reporters agonize over whether or not to make a report, but once you make the decision to report, you should make the tough call with confidence. This article will give you an idea of what the report­ing experience is like. Read more



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