Thursday, 19 February 2015

Mandatory Reporting of child protection concerns in Pennsylvania

Those who maintain that mandatory reporting does not result in increases in referrals should take note of what is currently happening in Pennsylvania. 

It is said that there are nearly 80% increases of reports of child maltreatment following the introduction of a new mandatory reporting law. It is also said that although reports have increased greatly, the number of substantiated cases has remained the same.

The new law is said to have resulted in heavy increases in the workloads of child protection workers.So what is happening is more work is being done for the same result.

Campaigners for mandatory reporting in England should pause for thought.