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You should now be more familiar with what’s required of you as a Family Program staff member working with individuals experiencing a crisis. This lesson covered the types of crises you might encounter, along with which crises often prove most challenging. When things do get difficult, you should know now to seek the help of a supervisor or other qualified professional. Finally, you should be able to stay consciously aware of maintaining boundaries between your professional and personal lives. Thank you for taking the time to learn about identifying mandated reporting situations.

Identifying mandated reporting situations is easier with the right knowledge.

Identifying mandated reporting situations requires you to know the laws of your state regarding a caretaker’s responsibilities and the requirements of your job outlined by Family Program. Even when you have a strong knowledge of such requirements, however, complex situations may arise that can make your job very challenging. In such situations, it is best to seek out the guidance of a supervisor or other trained professional. Positive outcomes for the individuals you work with depend on you not taking on more responsibility than you can handle. With that in mind, maintain appropriate boundaries between your personal and professional lives. While you may be tempted to put your whole self into providing top quality assistance to the people you work with, you must balance professional and personal interests. You will realize that, in fact, maintaining such separation is the only way to provide the top quality service you strive to achieve.

The following resources will help you more effectively identify mandated reporting situations.

The Child Welfare Information Gateway has a “state statutes search,” which provides specific information about the laws and explanations around abuse and neglect in your state.

The following websites provide useful information and handbooks to address, combat, and respond to domestic violence.

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE.