Why are Mandated Reporters Important?

Why are Mandated Reporters Important?

  

•  LCOCYS relies on its mandated reporters to refer any information they think is important regarding the safety and well-being of the child

•  You are not the investigator; the focus of your actions and conversations will be to establish/reinforce a level of trust and comfort for the child

•  You are the voice for the child(ren) being abused and/or neglected. Often children do not feel comfortable disclosing information, particularly to authorities, mainly because they do not know how to do so. If you suspect any type of child abuse or neglect, you are helping the welfare of that child(ren) by making a report. Children need us!

•  As referral source you will have an active role; we appreciate your involvement In addition, YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH A CHILD AND FAMILY MAY ALSO PREVENT LOCAL PUBLIC CHILD WELFARE FROM BECOMING INVOLVED AND THAT BENEFITS EVERYONE!