Child Sexual Abuse: Entry-Level Training for the Mandated Reporter

Child Sexual Abuse: Entry-Level Training for the Mandated Reporter is a self-directed educational guide for professionals required by law to report any instances of suspected child abuse. This book is designed for fast and simple training of mandated reporters at every degree of education and professional expertise.

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Child Sexual Abuse
Entry-Level Training for the Mandated Reporter

Child Sexual Abuse: Entry-Level Training for the Mandated Reporter is a self-assessment training module for any professional who is in the position to report suspected child sexual abuse. These mandated reporters must be prepared to recognize potential cases of abuse and respond appropriately to disclosures of abusive incidents.

This training module is designed with the following goals in mind: to help mandated reporters understand, effectively respond to, and assist in the prevention of child sexual abuse. Readers will benefit from clear and concise definitions of child abuse, common characteristics of victims and offenders, clearly delineated guides to identifying their local mandated reporting statutes, and a brief outline of various prevention models. This self-assessment will be useful to mandated reporters of every variety and experience level, as well as the children and families they work with, by means of continued education in child protection.

Features & Benefits:

  • Non-technical language
  • Ideal for multidisciplinary use
  • Compact and lightweight for on-the-go use
  • Designed for professionals of any experience level
Product Details:

Perfect Bound 11 x 8.5 inches
24 pages, 4 images, 6 tables


Child Care Professionals, Teachers (Elementary, Junior High, High School), Guidance Counselors, School Nurses, Hospital Staff, Social Workers, Child Protection Professionals, Clergy Members, Scout Leaders, Intramural and Community Sport Coaches, Law Enforcement Personnel, Crimes Against Persons Investigators, College and Medical Library Administrators

Publication date:

July 2015


978-1-878060-93-8 (Print)
978-1-936590-43-8 (eBook)

Table of Contents

1. Understanding Child Sexual Abuse
2. Responding to Child Sexual Abuse
3. Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
Test Questions
Answer Key

Adrienne D. Atzemis, MD

Adrienne Atzemis is an associate professor of pediatrics and director of both the Section of Child Abuse Pediatrics and the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She was formerly an assistant professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Forensic Medicine Fellowship Program at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She earned her doctorate of medicine from the Creighton University School of Medicine at Omaha and holds a bachelor of science in biology from John Carroll University at Cleveland. Dr. Atzemis is an active fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and holds membership with a number of professional societies and committees dedicated to pediatric medicine and child welfare, including the Missouri Sexual Assault Response Team Development Committee and the Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. For over one decade, Dr. Atzemis has been called upon frequently to deliver presentations and lectures at a various professional conferences and to provide expert witness testimony at trial.

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Child Sexual Abuse: Entry-Level Training for the Mandated Reporter is an excellent resource for anyone who is a mandated reporter as well as anyone who views themselves as an advocate for children. “Sexual abuse thrives in secrecy and silence. Effectively protecting children and ensuring community justice requires that responsible people speak up and be a voice for vulnerable children.” This text requires the reader to research vital information regarding legal definitions of and laws pertaining to child sexual abuse, statistical data, laws pertaining to mandated reporters, and how to access the child advocacy center within the reader’s own geographical location. Mandated reporters have a responsibility to children and it is important they understand, “people who report abuse are not asked to prove or verify that the information given by the victim is true.” The responsibility of a mandated reporter is to report identified concerns. This text is informative, easy to read, and should be a required educational piece for all mandated reporters.

Forensic Interviewer
Medical Programs Director
Beacon Health Center and Child Advocacy Center
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Child Sexual Abuse: Entry-Level Training for the Mandated Reporter is a clearly written, easy-to-understand curriculum. The organization is intuitive and follows a pathway consistent with how a clinician would think about sexual abuse, starting with definition, moving toward epidemiology, and then looking specifically at concerning behaviors and warning signs. This text presents a well-thought-out, understandable approach to the response when a concern of sexual abuse arises. Dr. Atzemis demonstrates a sound, clinically appropriate approach that uses good judgment and balances legal requirements with professional behaviors towards the child who may be in crisis. Child Sexual Abuse for the Mandated Reporter does a good job at framing out the issues around sexual abuse prevention. This remains an evolving field and Dr. Atzemis correctly reflects that evolutionary approach. Dr. Atzemis has crafted an excellent scholarly work that will be useful to the readers and has distilled down a great deal of complicated material to something manageable and informative.

Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD
Professor and Section Chief
Academic General Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Senior Vice President/Chief Quality Officer
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas

Child Sexual Abuse: Entry-Level Training for the Mandated Reporter is a well-organized and easy-to-read guide to understanding, responding to, and preventing child sexual abuse. The personalized learning activities are very helpful by actively engaging the reader and re-enforcing important learning points. As a general pediatrician and mandated reporter, I found this curriculum very easy to use and understand. It does a great job defining what child sexual abuse is and describing the best way to deal with it and prevent it.

Holly Monroe, MD
Assistant Professor of Child Health
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

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