The following are free online training modules that educate people about the job of a mandatory reporter. These modules provide a basic overview of child abuse and neglect, how to report maltreatment, and what happens when a report is made to child protective services.
States that do not currently offer free online training include: Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Note: If your state does not currently offer a free online training, you can still take a training session offered by another state. Most of the states do not require that you are a resident. So just use one of the links below to find another free mandatory reporter training.
Also: taking a mandatory reporter training module does not make you a mandatory reporter. Who is a mandatory reporter is defined by the laws of each state. (You can learn more about the laws here.) But these training modules are a great way to learn about the basics of child abuse and neglect. They also acquaint you with what a mandatory reporter’s responsibilities are and thus can clear up some myths and fears about such reporters.
HARO encourages anyone who is a leader or works professionally with children in your homeschool group to take a mandatory reporter class. It behooves such individuals to understand the dynamics of child abuse and what should be reported when (and to whom). So pass on this list to your group’s leaders, teachers, and volunteers and encourage them to take one of these classes. It never hurts to have their knowledge about child abuse prevention go above and beyond.
If you notice any errors with or updates required for the links above, please contact HARO.