“Making the Tough Call: Exploring the Ethics of Mandated Reporting through the Lens of Racial & Social Justice”
For over 50 years, various professionals have been required by law to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect as “mandated reporters”. This workshop explores the role of mandated reporting by applying foundational ethical principles through the lens of racial & social justice. An exploration of the original intent of mandated reporter laws will be juxtaposed with the evolution of the legal responsibility, and resulting disproportionalities in the current system. As society grapples with the role that certain systems, including the child welfare system, have played in poor outcomes for children of color, it is vital that we explore the role that individual reporters play in this process. This workshop will provide a framework for professionals to place their role in context, with the goal of furthering racial and social justice for all children and families.
- Ethical Principles
- Historical Development of Mandated Reporting
- Explore Roots of Disproportionate Impacts
- Framework for “Just” (as in “Justice”) Reporting
This is a non-interactive self-study course.
From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.
- Explain the competing ethical and legal principles at play in the development of mandated reporting laws over time.
- Explain the contributing factors related to racial disproportionality in the child welfare system.
- Identify ethical/ moral and legal conundrums faced when making the decision to report.
- Apply a framework to guide the process for considering racial and social justice when determining whether they are required to make a report to child protective services.
Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W
Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W., Principal Consultant with Krase Consultant and founder of Making the Tough Call is an expert on the professional reporting of suspected child maltreatment. She has authored multiple books and articles on the subject. She has years of experience consulting with government and community-based organizations to develop policy & practice standards.
“Making the Tough Call” is a project of Krase Consulting. Kathryn S. Krase is the sole proprietor of both initiatives. Both Making the Tough Call and Krase Consulting are registered entities in New York State.
2 Ethics CE hours
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This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.
This is a non-interactive self-study course. Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.
This course was recorded 2/18/22