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Mandatory Reporting

Serious Gaps Exist in Immunity Protection for Reporters of Child Abuse

All states provide some form of immunity for people and professionals required to report suspected abuse of children, but sometimes the immunity provided by the law is not enough to protect the reporter from serious, potentially career-ending retaliation for fulfilling their duty to make a report.

CCP expert committee members Nancy Guardia, MSW, LCSW, and Franne Sippel, EdD, discuss gaps in immunity afforded by state and federal law and the consequences of failing to strengthen immunity protections for mandated reporters in their recent article published by Social Work Today.

Read the full web-exclusive article here.

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Mandatory Reporting

Retaliation Toward Child Abuse Reporters

Author: Nancy Guardia, MSW, LCSW and Franne Sippel, EdD

Social Work Today 

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Amy J. L. Baker, PhD

Director of Research, The New York Foundling, 

Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection 

Demara B. Bennett, PsyD

Director, Family Learning Program, Scott Center for Autism Treatment, Florida Institute of Technology 

Kelly M. Champion, PhD, ABPP

Founder & Clinical Psychologist, Cadeus Behavioral Health

Stephan Forrester, Esq

Director, Government Relations & Administration, New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children 

Tricia Gardner, JD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Professional Education, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Oklahoma

Rannah Gray, MA

Author, Familiar Evil 

Advocate/Speaker, Child Sexual Abuse Awareness

Kelli Nicole Hughes, JD

Program Director, APSAC Center for Child Policy Research and Policy, Institute for Human Service 

Stacie Le Blanc, JD, MEd

President, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children 

Ben Mathews, PhD

Professor, Queensland University of Technology 

Professorial Fellow, Australian Government Royal Commission 

Pamela Miller, JD, MSW, LISW-S

Deputy Director, Center for Child Policy

Expert Witness and Consultant

Vincent J. Palusci, MD, MS

Professor of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine 

Francine Ann Sippel, EdD

Licensed Psychologist & Partner, Northern Plains Psychological Associates

Researcher/Author, Child Maltreatment Reporting Law

Frank E. Vandervolt, JD

Clinical Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School 

Nancy Guardia, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Researcher/Author, Mandated Reporter Retaliation and Child Maltreatment Law

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