New Law for Child Care Providers — Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training

Parents have many fears when it comes to their children. But the worst nightmare a parent can have is finding out that his or her child is being abused while in the care of someone else. Each year, nearly a million cases of child maltreatment, which includes both abuse and neglect, are confirmed, and many more probably go unreported. If you are a child care provider who suspects that a child in your care has been abused or neglected, it is essential that you report your suspicions. Child care providers are mandated reporters of abuse and neglect, and all mandated reporters should have training to help identify child abuse and neglect and learn the procedure for reporting.

Beginning January 1, 2018, AB 1207 (Mandated child abuse reporting: child day care personnel: training) requires all licensed providers, applicants, directors, and employees to complete a mandated reporter training. Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training – California as it’s called is designed to give child care professionals, including caregivers and administrators, the tools to prevent, identify, and report child abuse and neglect among the children in care.

The deadline for licensed providers to comply with the training is March 30, 2018. The new employees have up to 90 days to complete their training. New applicants must receive their mandated reporter training prior to becoming licensed.

This FREE training is self-paced and will provide an overview of the significant definitions, requirements and protections of the California Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). In this training, you will learn about the roles and responsibilities of child care providers in preventing, recognizing, reporting, and responding to child abuse and neglect within and outside early childhood programs and child care settings. It also gives an overview of prevention efforts, reporting laws, and the ways child care providers can talk to children about suspected abuse and support maltreated children and their families.

At the conclusion of the training you will take a final test that requires an 80% or higher score to pass. Upon passing the test you will be e-mailed a Certificate of completion.

Sign up and take this valuable training today!

When you report day care violations and suspicions of abuse, you not only help protect your own child, but other children as well.

Community Care Licensing: Child Safety

CCL Updates 2017

As child care providers and parents, we all want to keep children safe and to ensure their environments are set up to prevent accidents. The California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division is responsible for promoting the health, safety, and quality of life of each person in community care through the administration of an effective and collaborative regulatory enforcement system. They offer quarterly updates on safety laws for children and child care facilities as well as important tips for anyone caring for young ones. Here is the most recent roundup:

CHILD SAFETY LAWS

Car Seat Requirements: Effective January 1, 2017, children under two years old must ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall. For more information about car seat safety, visit the First 5 California website.

Vaccines: As of September 1, 2016, all licensed child care employees and volunteers must show proof of immunity to pertussis (whooping cough), measles, and influenza. Contact the Alameda County Public Health Department with questions.

Earthquake Preparedness Checklist and Emergency Disaster Plan: For licensed child care facilities, the Health and Safety Code requires an Earthquake Preparedness Checklist to be included as an attachment to the Emergency Disaster Plan, which needs to be made accessible to the public. The checklist will include information on eliminating potential hazards, establishing a coordinated response plan for children and parents, and local agencies who can provide assistance and training of staff.

New Child Abuse Reporting Law: Effective January 1, 2018, new child care providers need to show that they have gone through Mandated Reporter Training, which is available for free here. It requires six hours of training in total and can be taken online. Existing employees have until March 2018 to complete it and new hires (after January 2018) will have to complete the training within 30 days of their hire date.

GENERAL SAFETY

Child Care Videos: Community Care Licensing now offers dozens of informational videos on opening and operating a licensed child care program as well as educational videos for parents. To find answers to your questions, visit their website here.

Securing Furniture: To keep kids safe indoors, be sure that furniture is anchored and remove tempting items (such as remote controls or toys) from the top of any large furniture. Anchor top-heavy furniture to the wall with anti-tip devices like brackets, braces, and wall straps. Get more safety information here.

Recall Information: It is the responsibility of child care providers to ensure that recalled products are not in use in their child care facilities. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issues approximately 300 product recalls each year, including many products found in child care settings. Visit the CPSC website or call 1-800-638-2772 for updated recalls.

Criminal Clearance Transfers: A clearance can remain active as long as an individual is associated to a licensed child care facility. If someone is disassociated from a facility, he or she must be associated to another facility or be rehired within two years or the clearance will become inactive. To reactivate a clearance, people have to be fingerprinted and cleared before they can work, reside, or volunteer in a licensed child care facility.

Most Commonly Cited Deficiencies 2016: To learn what common mistakes were found in California child care facilities last year, visit the Community Care Licensing website. It’s a great reminder of licensing requirements!