In the United States, according to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, Federal Guidelines of Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect, mandated reporters typically include social workers, law enforcement, child care providers, teachers, principals, and other school personnel, medical examiners or coroners, physicians, nurses, and other health-care workers, counselors, therapists, and other mental health professionals. Therefore, it is imperative that professionals receive ongoing education and training to identify and assess child abuse and neglect. It is equally vital that the reporting and investigation process encourage-not deter professionals- from reporting suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. In the article, “Improvements needed for child abuse reporting,” medical professionals in Korea urge the Korean government to improve the reporting process and not punish physicians who fail to report.
A link and citation to the article are below:
Chu, M. (2017, May 17). Improvements needed for child abuse reporting. Korea Biomedical Review, Retrieved from http://www.koreabiomed.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=572
Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2016). Mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/laws-policies/statutes/manda/
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