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Child abuse reporting for a Nonprofit Organization

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Child Abuse Reporting for a Nonprofit Organization
- The sharks

Who is a mandated reporter?
"An administrator or employee of a public or private organization whose duties require direct contact and supervision of children" -CA Penal Code
Should we even follow this law?
Failure to report is misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in county jail and/or up to a $1000 fine

He or she may also be found civilly liable for damages, especially if the child-victim or another child is further victimized because of the failure to report
Situation
New founder and CEO of a Nonprofit organization that works directly with children in the state of California
Players
Yikes!!! Almost everyone in this class....
Volunteers
¨...are not mandated reporters but are
encouraged
to obtain
training
in the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect and are further
encouraged
to
report
known or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect to an agency.¨--CA Penal Code
CA State Laws
The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)

CA Penal code
Option 1

Do nothing
Acknowledge the law

provide no formal training

have employees sign an acknowledgment form
Option 2
Option 3
Acknowledge the law

Provide a paper training manual in new hire packet

Have employee sign forms
Option 4
Acknowledge law

Create an organizational policy to include all employees and volunteers

Provide a live training workshop

Follow with a policy and procedure manual with the training material covered in the workshop

Have all employees and volunteers sign legal acknowledgment forms
After all, the CA law specifies 'Individuals' not 'organizations'
What about policies and procedures to prevent child abuse within the organization?
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That's it!!!!
Thank you!!!
I will create this policy and procedure and share on our nonprofit Facebook group page
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