A mandated reporter is one who is required by law to report reasonable suspicions of abuse.
If you are reporting possible child abuse/neglect:
- Complete the Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR) Form
- Fax or mail completed forms to: 559-730-2510 (fax) or P.O. Box 671, Visalia, CA 93279
- Contact the Tulare County Child Welfare Services hotline:
Mandated Reporter Training is offered free by Tulare County Child Welfare Services and Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council.
Description: This training is given to ensure mandated reporters that work with children are educated on what constitutes child abuse, how to identify the four types of abuse (physical, sexual, neglect, emotional), the most up-to-date California laws and most importantly how to report suspected abuse. This training is offered to Mandated Reporters and those that work/volunteer with children. Customized trainings are available that have a focus on related topics such as developmentally disabled children, shaken baby syndrome and others.
Program Length: Approximately 1- 1.5 hours in length. This training can be altered to be shorter or longer.
MANDATED REPORTER - AB 1207 TRAINING (Specifically for childcare providers or workers):
Description: This training is given to ensure child care workers are educated on how the law defines child abuse and neglect, requirements of a mandated reporter, protection the law provides for mandated reporters, how to talk to children about suspected abuse, how to report child abuse, and what to expect after a report is filed. Lastly, special issues related to child abuse report for child care providers. This training meets the AB 1207 Law (effective January 2018) requirements for Child Care Workers.
Program Length: Approximately 1.5 - 2 hours
If you are a mandated reporter and would like training on the law and your responsibilities, contact CAPC.
Need to determine if your profession is designated as a mandated reporter? See Who Should Report?
Child Abuse Prevention
This training is given to ensure participants are knowledgeable on how the law defines child abuse and neglect, the importance of recognizing both physical and behavioral indicators of abuse during physical distancing, requirements of a mandated reporter, protection the law provides for mandated reporters, how to talk to children about suspected abuse, how to report child abuse, and what to expect after a report is filed. This training meets mandated reporter requirements for the state of California.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Its Effects on Development ACEs are traumatic events occurring before age 18 and include all types of abuse and neglect as well as parental mental illness, substance use, divorce, incarceration, and domestic violence. The more ACEs experienced, the greater the risk for negative outcomes. Research has shown that children with ACEs struggle more with learning and participating at school, with language development, communication, attendance, and excelling academically.
A Different World for Children (The effects of a pandemic on development) While the coronavirus pandemic has changed many things around the world, it has not stopped child development. Discussions on how to support healthy child development during a pandemic, how the pandemic is affecting young children, and the importance of caring for caregivers. It’s not a different understanding of what children need, it’s just a different world right now.
Domestic Violence and Its Effects on Children For too many children, home is far from a safe haven. Every year, hundreds of millions of children are exposed to domestic violence at home, and this has a powerful and profound impact on their lives and hopes for the future. These children not only watch one parent violently assaulting another, they often hear the distressing sounds of violence, or may be aware of it from many telltale signs.
Why Families Are Important (Resiliency) Family resilience can be defined as the ability of a family to respond positively to an adverse situation and emerge from the situation feeling strengthened, more resourceful, and more confident than its prior state. This training discusses the understanding of brain development over time and the whole idea of how much is genetic and how much experience is the result of becoming a resilient family.