Free online course provides training for mandated reporters
Children in Georgia will be better protected from child abuse in the future as a new expanded mandated reporter law specifies a wider range of people being required to report suspected child abuse. Effective July 1, 2012, the mandated reporter law for Georgia has expanded to include more individuals that are law-bound to report suspected abuse. The new amendment designates several categories of individuals as mandated reporters, who “having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused shall report or cause reports of that abuse to be made.” All child service organization personnel (both employees and volunteers) are now mandated reporters.
As this law expands, the need for employees and volunteers to be able to recognize and report any type of child abuse grows. The Governor’s Office for Children and Families (GOCF) sponsors a free, online training course, provided through ProSolutions Training, that details the law and its recent changes, discusses warning signs that can indicate if a child is being abused or neglected, and explains your role in reporting suspected child abuse. The hour long course can be accessed through the below link.