Legal Issues for Family Child Care Providers – Mandated Child Abuse Reporters

This article describes the rights and responsibilities of licensed family child care providers as  mandated child abuse reporters in California. The intimate relationship that a caregiver develops with a family may enable the provider to pick up early warning signals that a family is in trouble, or that a child is at risk for child abuse or neglect. A caregiver may be the first to know or to reasonably suspect that a child is being abused. Early intervention could save a child from harm and could help families get the services they need.

On September 28, 2015 a new bill was signed into law in California which requires child care providers, administrators, and employees of licensed family child care homes and child care centers to receive pre-licensure training and training every two years thereafter on how to recognize and report child abuse. 

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