Mandated Reporter Training for Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Text-Only Site
To review information covered in the training.
To reflect on training activities.
** This activity in the full-version suggests you review your responses to questions provided in the "Learning Objectives Activity" at the beginning of the training. and discuss any questions you still have unanswered with your Supervisor. To refresh your memory, the questions asked in the "Learning Objectives Activity" are listed below. **
- What is your most pressing concern that you want to learn about today?
- What is something you have always wondered about the Department of Health and Human Services but never got the chance to ask?
- What has your experience working with the Department of Health and Human Services been like so far?
- Have your ever made a report to the Adult or Child Protective Intake Units? If yes, what was it like?
- What kinds of information will be the most helpful to you in your job?
If you do not find or obtain all the information or learning you established, be sure to talk with your Supervisor or contact Robert Pronovost at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626-8642
Here are some web pages for Child Protection on the DHHS Bureau of Child and Family Services page (these links will bring you to another web page:
- Web page describing Child Protection (http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/cw/protection.shtml)
- OCFS Policy manual (http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/cw/policy/policy_content_static.html)
** This is a form in the full-version that is setup to provide feedback on this training. The form is emailed to Robert Pronovost when the "Submit" button is pressed. Please consider the questions below and discuss them with your Supervisor or email your comments and questions to Robert Pronovost at email@example.com or call 626-8642 **
- What 1-2 points did you learn from this training that you did not previously know?
- What additional information would you like to have received on this topic?
- What (if anything) might you change about this training experience?
- Did you enjoy the convenience of this delivery method? Yes or No
** This activity in the full-version is in quiz format. It is a review of the "Myth and Facts" Activity in Unit 1. In the full-version, you are provided with a statement and you choose the correct response. At the end of the activity in the full-version, you are shown how many responses were correct. This activity in the full-version is not submitted to anyone else and is just an informative practice to make the information easier to remember. For the purposes of providing valuable information in this text-only version, the statements, possible responses, and correct responses are provided below. In the full-version, you are provided with a certificate if you get 8 out of 9 correct. If you would like to receive a certificate and you are not able to take the "quiz" due to it not being accessible to your text reader, please email Robert Provonost at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626-8642**
Statement: Truancy is a form of neglect and should be reported to DHHS.
Correct Response: Myth. Not in Maine - in some states it is.
Statement: Children under 12 cannot be left without adult supervision.
Correct Response: Myth. There is no standard in Maine based solely on age.
Statement: DHHS caseworkers may walk into a home and decide on the spot to remove the children if they believe the children have been seriously abused/neglected.
Correct Response: Myth. As an agent, you can seek Court action to remove or call law enforcement for interim care up to 6 hrs.
Statement: A mandated reporter must give his/her name when calling in a report of suspected abuse/neglect.
Correct Response: Fact. The key word here is mandated. Mandated Reporters can ask for confidentiality, but not anonymity.
Statement: The DHHS actively explores relative or kinship placements when children come into state custody.
Correct Response: Fact. Even prior to coming into custody.
Statement: Spanking is against the law in the State of Maine.
Correct Response: Myth. Physical discipline that causes only transient injury is allowable under the law.
Statement: All abuse cases must be reported to DHHS.
Correct Response: Myth. If the suspected abuse is by the parent/caretaker, this should be reported to DHHS. All others should be reported to the DA's office.
Statement: Children may reach out directly to DHHS for help without obtaining parental permission.
Correct Response: Fact. We can interview a child who calls us without parental consent, but must notify parents (legally obligated to).
Statement: As a mandated reporter, I am entitled to know what happened to my report.
Correct Response: Myth. Not entitled. Under optional disclosure DHHS can share info it it affects the safety/care of the child. Up front we can say we won't assign this.