Child Abuse Reporting: Is The Initial Report and the Follow Up Investigation The Same Thing?

As mandated reporters, clinicians must report allegations of child abuse to child protective services (CPS). If the clinician has been working with the client or clients for a significant period of time and developed a good client-therapist relationship, reporting is undoubtedly a stressful event. To complicate matters, when a mandated reporter is contacted by agencies other than CPS requesting additional information, the question is, has the assumed confidentiality been breached? Although regulations have been written to address such cases, in real practice, mental health professionals may find themselves in difficult situations where the path to proceed is unclear.

As mandated reporters, clinicians must report allegations of child abuse to child protective services (CPS).  If the clinician has been working with the client or clients for a significant period of time and developed a good client-therapist relationship, reporting is undoubtedly a stressful event.  To complicate matters, when a mandated reporter is contacted by agencies other than CPS requesting additional information, the question is, has the assumed confidentiality been breached?  Although regulations have been written to address such cases, in real practice, mental health professionals may find themselves in difficult situations where the path to proceed is unclear. Continue reading “Child Abuse Reporting: Is The Initial Report and the Follow Up Investigation The Same Thing?”