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Message ID: 9516
Date: 2014-02-09

Author:Debra Schilling Wolfe

Subject:Re: Mandated Reporting for ALL CITIZENS

This issue came up in Pennsylvania in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case. There was legislative interest and public pressure to mandate all adults to report child abuse as a quick fix to systemic failures that emerged as a result of that case. We testified against mandating all adults to report as the literature found a very low substantiation rate for reports by non-professionals, and there was concern that flooding an already overburdened system with reports that had a probability of not being substantiated may cause others to fall through the cracks. Instead, we suggested focusing on training of mandated reporters, increasing public confidence in the child protective system, and addressing infrastructure issues. Pennsylvania chose not to go the route of mandating all adults to report. Our testimony and the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection can be found though the following link: http://www.sp2.upenn.edu/fieldctr/publications-testimony/legislative-testimony/ Debra Schilling Wolfe Executive Director Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research University of Pennsylvania 3815 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215.573.5442 www.fieldcenteratpenn.org Celebrating 10 Years of Protecting Children From: Sandy Wurtele > Reply-To: Child Maltreatment Researchers > Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM To: "child-maltreatment-research-l@list.cornell.edu " > Subject: Mandated Reporting for ALL CITIZENS I’m searching for pros/cons of requiring all citizens to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Any resources/research/opinion pieces would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Sandy Sandy K. Wurtele, Ph.D. LAS Associate Dean for Community Partnerships & Programs Professor, Department of Psychology Director, Service-Learning Internship & Community Engagement Center (SLICE) University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918 Phone: 719-255-4150 Fax: 719-255-4166 Email: swurtele@uccs.edu Website: www.sandywurtele.com Be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi

This issue came up in Pennsylvania in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky case. There was legislative interest and public pressure to mandate all adults to report child abuse as a quick fix to systemic failures that emerged as a result of that case. We testified against mandating all adults to report as the literature found a very low substantiation rate for reports by non-professionals, and there was concern that flooding an already overburdened system with reports that had a probability of not being substantiated may cause others to fall through the cracks. Instead, we suggested focusing on training of mandated reporters, increasing public confidence in the child protective system, and addressing infrastructure issues. Pennsylvania chose not to go the route of mandating all adults to report. Our testimony and the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection can be found though the following link: http://www.sp2.upenn.edu/fieldctr/publications-testimony/legislative-testimony/ Debra Schilling Wolfe Executive Director Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research University of Pennsylvania 3815 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215.573.5442 www.fieldcenteratpenn.org Celebrating 10 Years of Protecting Children From: Sandy Wurtele > Reply-To: Child Maltreatment Researchers > Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM To: "child-maltreatment-research-llist.cornell.edu " > Subject: Mandated Reporting for ALL CITIZENS I’m searching for pros/cons of requiring all citizens to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Any resources/research/opinion pieces would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Sandy Sandy K. Wurtele, Ph.D. LAS Associate Dean for Community Partnerships & Programs Professor, Department of Psychology Director, Service-Learning Internship & Community Engagement Center (SLICE) University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918 Phone: 719-255-4150 Fax: 719-255-4166 Email: swurteleuccs.edu Website: www.sandywurtele.com Be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi