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New Online Tool Helps Child Welfare Mandatory Reporters Keep Kids Safe and Families Healthy

The Colorado Department of Human Services announced a new online training opportunity for mandatory reporters who are required by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

Under Colorado law, nearly 40 professions are required to report suspected child abuse and neglect. A recent CDHS survey found that while 79 percent of mandatory reporters surveyed knew that they were required to report abuse or neglect, nearly half could not recall if they had received any training to help them know when to report or how to report.

This first-ever Colorado online training offers ease of accessibility for mandatory reporters to utilize this important tool. Mandatory reporters who complete the training receive a certificate of completion to share with their employers.

CDHS partnered with The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect to develop the web-based training for mandatory reporters to improve and help ensure proper reporting of information. Individuals can take the training at their own pace, at work or home, anytime day or night.

The training educates mandatory reporters on what constitutes abuse and/or neglect; when to call for assistance; and how to make a report. It also explains the process undertaken when a call is received.

The comprehensive training is a part of Gov. Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan "Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy," announced in February 2013.

The mandated reporter training is available on the CDHS Child Welfare Training System at http://coloradocwts.com/mandated-reporter-training.

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