2.5 What is the Standard for Mandated Reporting?

What is the Standard for Mandated Reporting?

  • Typically, a report must be made when the reporter, in his or her official capacity, suspects or has reason to believe that a child is or has been abused or neglected.
  • The requirement to report in situations in which the reporter has knowledge of, or observes a child being subjected to, conditions that would reasonably result in harm is another frequently used standard.
  • The mandated reporter does not have the burden of providing proof that abuse or neglect has occurred.

*Note: Standards for mandated reporting differ for every state. 

(Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2019)