Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and NeglectNew York State Law requires teachers, physicians, nurses, social workers, dentists, dental hygienists, psychologists, optometrists, chiropractors, and podiatrists to take a two-hour course in identifying child abuse prior to obtaining their licenses if they have not already received this training in a New York State professional school. Professionals who come into contact with children in the course of their everyday activities play a vital role in identifying and assisting children who are victimized. The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children offers a New York State Department of Education-approved web-based format, a correspondence course, or an onsite lecture course that enables professionals to meet this requirement. In 2010, 1,190 individuals participated in the program. Since the program's inception in 1990, over 45,000 individuals have been trained regarding their legal responsibilities as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect.
Web-Based Training on the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment for Mandated Reporters
You may take this web-based course at any time to satisfy this component of the New York State professional licensing process. All course materials are on-line and downloadable for off-line study.
Registration for the course, and electronic payment of the $30.00 course fee, gives the registrant access to an on-line test based on the contents of the course materials. Upon successful completion of the test, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion which they may submit, along with other required documentation, for their New York State licensure.
For more information about the web-based training, please click the link below.
The NYSPCC delivers training in identifying and report child abuse and maltreatment in lecture format. This format is typically used for social service agencies, schools, and other entities with multiple employees who have regular professional contact with children. Although the training is based on the syllabus developed by the New York State Education Department, the material can be tailored to the needs of a particular audience. For example, agencies working with young or inexperienced parents may require an emphasis on identifying unacceptable forms of child discipline.
The training can be provided at the agency's site, or in The NYSPCC's offices in lower Manhattan. Training in The NYSPCC's offices, however, is limited to 20 participants. New York State Education Department certificates of completion can be provided to trainees for the professional licensing requirement, or training can be delivered without certificates.
Fees for the lecture training can be adjusted to the budget of the sponsoring agency; the fee schedule differs depending on whether or not certificates of completion are issued. For additional information or to request a training session for your organization, please contact:Natalie Wright-Umoh, LMSWDirector of The Training Institute212-233-5500 ext. 223
The NYSPCC Correspondence Course on Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
To enroll in the NYSPCC Correspondence Course, please complete the printable application form. Completed forms, along with a $30.00 check or money order payable to "The NYSPCC Correspondence Course" may be mailed to:
The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
161 William Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10021
Individuals paying by credit card may fax the enrollment form to:
Upon receipt of your enrollment form and fee, registrants for the course will receive The NYSPCC Professionals' Handbook: Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect and a test based on its contents. Upon successful completion of the test, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion which they may submit, along with other required documentation, for their New York State licensure.
For additional information regarding the NYSPCC Correspondence Course, please contact:
Joseph T. Gleason
Director of Educational, Archival and Administrative Services