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Child Abuse Prevention Training

Information Regarding Child Abuse Prevention Training Including the Identification of Child Abuse in an Educational Setting

Background

In accordance with Chapter 363 of the Laws of 2018, the Board of Regents adopted amendments to certain sections of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education related to Reports of Child Abuse in an Educational Setting. A copy of the amendments can be found here. These amendments originally went into effect October 23, 2019 but were subsequently extended to September 30, 2020.

Changes to Current Requirements

The amendments to the reports of child abuse expanded the definition of individuals required to take both the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment (a.k.a. Mandated Reporter) and the identification of child abuse in an educational setting trainings.

The following chart breaks down who is now required to take which training:

School Personnel Required to Take
Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and/or
Child Abuse in an Educational Setting Training

Public and Nonpublic School Personnel Training Requirements
Personnel Identification & Reporting of Child Abuse & Maltreatment Training Child Abuse in an Educational Setting Training

Occupational Therapists (licensed/registered)

 

Physical Therapists (licensed/registered)

 

School Administrators/Supervisors (certified/uncertified)

School Attendance Teacher

School Board Members

 

School Bus Driver or Supervisor

School Counselors

School Dental Hygiene Teacher

School Nurse Teacher

School Nurses

 

School Psychologists

School Resource Officers

 

School Social Workers

Speech Language Pathologists (licensed/registered)

 

Teachers – current (certified and uncertified)

Teachers – new (certified and uncertified)

Teacher Aides

 

Other Personnel Required to Hold a Teaching or Administrative Certificate or License

The legislation expands the number of education and education-related staff (e.g. drivers for bus contractors and nonpublic school staff) who need the Mandated Reporter training and also adds a new training requirement.

How to Obtain the Required Training

There are a variety of ways to obtain the required training:

  • NYSED has partnered with Capital Region BOCES and PowerSchool to offer an online version of both trainings which fulfill the requirements. To learn more about the online course offerings, including how to easily register, complete, and access your completion certificate, please visit the PowerSchool website.
  • For identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment (a.k.a. Mandated Reporter) trainings, the Office of Professions maintains a list of providers on its website.
  • For identification of child abuse in an educational setting trainings:
    • Consult your school district or local BOCES for potential providers.
    • Some schools have received the training from their own attorneys.

Reimbursement Eligibility

SORIS is pleased to announce that beginning April 1, 2020 the fees associated with both trainings are eligible for reimbursement under the Nonpublic School Safety Equipment (NPSE) grant.

If you have any questions, please contact SORIS by email at SORIS@nysed.gov or by phone at (518) 473-8202.