NYS Child Abuse and Maltreatment / Neglect

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Upon completion of this New York State Child Abuse Identification Training course, the mandated reporter will be able to evaluate possible cases of child abuse, maltreatment and/or neglect, identify physical and behavioral signs indicating the abuse and report to the NYS child abuse and maltreatment registry. The NYS legislature may add additional professions as mandated reporters in New York State as needed. Please contact the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions* to check if your profession is included.

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The definition of child abuse will often differ from state to state and government to government. It is therefore crucial for healthcare professionals to know the definitions of abuse in the state(s) in which they live and/or intend to be certified.

The New York State Education Law requires that individuals in specified professions be certified in child abuse (i.e. NYS Child Abuse Certification). That is, that they complete two hours of approved coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse as a condition of licensure. This training is valid only from a New York State Education Department approved provider.

NYS Child Abuse Certification is required for the following professions: Certified Behavior Analyst Assistants, Chiropractors, Creative Arts Therapists, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Licensed Behavior Analysts, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Master Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Optometrists, Physicians, Podiatrists, Psychoanalysts, Psychologists and Registered Nurses. The Law also includes this New York child abuse identification training for mandated reporters among the requirements for certification or licensure of school administrators/supervisors, school service personnel, and classroom school teachers. All persons applying for such positions must have completed the required coursework or training. The above professionals are required to report when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been abused or maltreated/neglected.

It is important to note that many medical residency programs will frequently not include child abuse certification. Residency training will therefore not satisfy the New York State child abuse identification training requirement. In addition, someone who completes an out-of-state medical program unregistered by NYS who then receives training in a NYS residency program will have not met the training requirement and must take additional child abuse identification training in New York State from an approved provider.

The State Education Department must receive documentation in the form of an authorized Certification of Completion at the time of re-registration or initial application for certification or licensure.

New York State Child Abuse Identification Course