Before You Make the Call: Rethinking Mandated Reporting (Article in Confronting Racism, Engaging Partners, Finding Solutions, Summer 2021 Special Issue of CW360).
Itzkowitz, Miriam. Olson, Katie.
University of Minnesota. Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare.
Published: Summer 2021
CW360: A Comprehensive Look at a Prevalent Child Welfare Issue
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This article discusses how implicit bias impacts mandatory reporting, the harm caused by removing a child from their home, and the need to exchange the reliance on mandated reporting as a primary prevention strategy for other evidence-based approaches. Guidelines are offered for mandated reporters and include: examine your relationship with this child and family, reflect on your own values, norms, and biases, think explicitly about race and culture and consider whether it is truly about safety, employ a decision-making model, be curious about what you’re observing, and offer support and/or supportive services.
RACIAL EQUITY; RACISM; RACIAL DISPARITY; RACIAL DISPROPORTIONALITY; IMPLICIT BIAS; MANDATORY REPORTING; CHILD ABUSE REPORTING; REPORTING PROCEDURES