This brief provides an overview of how different states have approached universal mandated child maltreatment reporting policies, some considerations for reporting statutes in general, and various themes from interviews SPARC conducted with state administrators.
Many states have been examining their child maltreatment reporting statutes and assessing ways to strengthen mandated reporting laws. In particular, several states are debating legislation to create a universal mandated reporting system in which all citizens are required to report suspected child abuse and neglect.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children approached SPARC to conduct an analysis of universal versus non-universal child maltreatment reporting statutes and the implication of those statutes. These findings have been given to the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection, which is conducting a comprehensive review of the state’s child protection system.