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In the state of New York, certain professionals are fit for the role of mandated reporter of child abuse and maltreatment. If the abuse is not reported, the professional that did not report it would be held responsible, in both a civil and criminal manner. All health care professionals are required by New York State law to report suspected child or adult abuse that they may come across in their professional setting. According to NYC.gov, if a mandated reported comes across any reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect, it is the mandated reporters responsibility to report the abuse or cause the abuse to be reported, through your supervisor. The reasonable cause is viewed as assessments that the health care professional performed and trust the health care professional’s judgment. Certain important information needed to make a report is the name and address of the patient and family members, the patient’s age, sex, and primary language, nature of the injuries, type of abuse/neglect, and any additional information that was helpful. If a abused patient is discovered during initial assessment, the patient’s safety is ensured first, by removing any factors that may cause the patient harm, such as abusive family members or heath care workers. Next the supervisor and social worker on the patient’s case would be notified. Thirdly, the patient is more thoroughly assessed to uncover any other signs of abuse. Finally, the patient is not allowed to leave until the police arrive and the report is filed properly.
Review your state’s mandated reporter statute. Provide details about this in your post. If faced with a mandated reporter issue, what are the steps in reporting the issue? Create a mandated reporter scenario and post it. Respond to one of your peer’s scenarios using the guidelines for submission/reporting in your state. Be sure to include a reference to your state’s website related to mandated reporting.
Using 200-300 words APA format with at least two references. Sources must be published within the last 5 years.