Afterschool staff often forms positive and trusting relationships with youth in their programs and, therefore, can play a vital role in identifying child maltreatment. Currently, no research exists on afterschool staff and mandated reporting practices. A survey exploring the knowledge, training and factors related to the mandated reporting of child maltreatment was administered to 71 afterschool staff. Responses revealed about one-quarter of the staff had made a child abuse report. While over three-quarters had received training regarding child maltreatment, 86% of participants wanted more training. The findings indicated that knowledge of California mandated reporting laws was somewhat lacking. Those who had received training did not demonstrate more knowledge or ability to recognize maltreatment described in vignettes. Furthermore, those with training were more likely to express distrust of child protective agencies. Few ethnic and gender differences were found on the areas studied. Implications for social work practice and directions for future research are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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