Mandated Reporter Training - Unit 1 - Inappropriate Referrals
Inappropriate Referrals fall into the following four general categories:
- Parent/Child Conflict
- Parent/child conflict: Children and parents in conflict over family, school, friends, behaviors with no allegations
of abuse or neglect. Includes adolescents who are runaways or who are exhibiting acting out behaviors that parents have
been unable to control.
- Examples: Running away, won't follow rules, lots of screaming/hollering/arguing, etc.
- Non-Specific Allegations
- Non Specific allegations or allegations of marginal physical or emotional care which may be poor parenting practice
but is not considered abuse or neglect under Maine Law.
- Examples: Children are dirty, children not properly dressed for weather, parents not providing
traditional mealtimes, parents who frequently verbally argue, parents threatening children.
- Custody or Visitation
- Conflicts over Custody and/or Visitation of children which may include allegations of marginal/poor care.
- Examples: Parents don't agree with former spouse's (parent) current lifestyle, friends, activities or
visitation issues around care and supervision.
- Families in Crisis
- Families in Crisis due to:
- mental health or
- interpersonal problems
- There are no allegations of abuse or neglect.
Families in Crisis Activity