Community Partnership Launches State’s First Online Mandated Reporter Training
Greene County continues to deal with a high rate of child abuse and neglect when compared to other counties across the state. In the latest report from Missouri Children’s Division, there were 4,605 calls to the child abuse and neglect hotline from Greene County alone (CD Annual Report FY2014). Recognizing that this is a red flag issue, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and our partners continue to work to lower these numbers. One of the ways we do this is through the Mandated Reporter Training program, which educates individuals who have the care, custody or control of a child about what to look for and how and when to report potential child abuse and neglect.
To date, this three-hour training, provided in conjunction with our partners from Greene County Children’s Division, the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Child Advocacy Center, was only provided in-person on quarterly dates throughout the year. Understanding that people’s schedules vary, the need for an alternative was brought to the table. From these discussions, Community Partnership of the Ozarks developed an online mandated reporter training that is accessible 24 hours a day and can be completed at a person’s leisure.
While the online course is not designed to replace the in-person training, it does comprehensively cover the same information in a series of videos and question modules. Once an individual has successfully completed the course, they will be able to print a unique certificate showing the completion of 2 clock hours in the course.
“Online mandated reporter training makes it possible for every citizen to educate themselves about child abuse and neglect and the hotline system. It is important to learn how to successfully report information so all children can be protected. Now everyone can access this vital information anytime day or night,” said Heather Ford, 31st Circuit Manager, Green County Children’s Division.
Messiah Lutheran Church provided funding for the creation of the program, while Community Partnership’s staff worked alongside our three mandated reporter partners to film the training videos and develop the curriculum. To learn more or to sign up for the program, visit www.momandatedreporter.org.