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NCJ Number: 202233 Find in a Library
Title: Mandatory Notification Training for Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect in South Australian Schools
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:25  Issue:12  Dated:December 2001  Pages:1603-1625
Author(s): Russell Hawkins; Christy McCallum
Editor(s): Richard D. Krugman
Date Published: December 2001
Page Count: 23
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the effectiveness of Australia’s Mandated Notification Training program and whether it has met its achieved aims in preparing educators and other mandated reporters in reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.
Abstract: South Australian educators are among a large group of professionals mandated to report their suspicions of child abuse and neglect to the Department of Family and Community Services. In 1989, the South Australian Mandated Notification Training program was developed, under the South Australian Child Protection Council, to prepare educators and other mandated reporters to fulfill their reporting obligations. To date, no research has investigated the effectiveness of the training program. In that there are five aims of the program, this study provides the first empirical investigation of the training program with the main objective being whether the Mandated Notification Training achieved its stated aims. A three-sample independent group design was used with the groups consisting of (1) teachers and school personnel who had not completed the training; (2) teachers and school personnel who had recently completed the training; and (3) teachers and personnel who had completed the training more than 1 year previously. The results indicate that the South Australian Education Department, Mandated Notification Training was effective at achieving its specified aims. It showed evidence of increased confidence in ability to recognize the indicators of abuse in people who had completed the training program and increases in participants’ awareness of their reporting responsibilities, knowledge of what constitutes reasonable grounds, and of how to respond appropriately to a child’s disclosure of abuse. Tables, appendix, and references
Main Term(s): Child abuse reporting
Index Term(s): Australia; Child abuse prevention training; Child abuse reporting statutes; Educators; Educators child-abuse neglect role; Mandatory crime reporting; Personnel; South Australia
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