Thursday, April 10, 2014

UPDATED:BAN Mandatory Reporting?

Did the Title get your attention??
If so, please read on
Any comments MOST Appreciated

 >>Recording as a Vital tool to seek the TRUTH>> "Speak Your Mind".
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>> Teachers are Mandated Reporters>> Check this Out
Hey, I'm not the one that suggested this, but this is one of five recommendations by one, who was high up on the agency Food Chain. (Please note: More than likely she was on the little known "Black List" since a bit after writing her paper, she lost this position.)
Link to download Paper>>"Child Protection at a Crossroads"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~#4 of 5 recommendations~~~~

4. Repeal mandatory reporting laws that are in effect in all the states.

Mandatory reporting laws, designed to encourage those who work with children to report incidents of maltreatment, have served their intended purpose of raising public awareness and have had unintended consequences. These laws create two negative effects

  • First, they encourage unnecessary reporting because professionals must report all of their suspicions under threat of prosecution. While such prosecutions are rare, one should not have to report suspicions. Reporting should be restricted to more concrete evidence of a crime.

Since mandatory reports were required, reports have increased exponentially. In 1968, CPS agencies took in 11,000 reports; in 1975 (the first year after CAPTA), CPS had 294,796 reports; now they handle one million with low substantiation rates.

  • Second, mandatory reporting discourages fellow citizens from taking positive neighborhood action with families in trouble. 
Some evidence suggests that depression and social isolation are contributing factors to maltreatment, particularly chronic neglect. Citizens tend to consider that their responsibilities have been met when they call an anonymous hotline, because that is what the law tells them to do. Knocking on the door and offering help to a troubled family not engaged in criminal behavior, may be the more appropriate alternative.

Okay, maybe this is too much to expect the agency to do
since they have been in business for 40 years?

FOLLOWUP: Many in CA are trying to get Donnelly to either carry on the issue of Recording. and/or suggest another one in the Assembly. However, his staff  said he isn't going to carry on. Nor hasn't suggest another in the Assembly.

As a Team of dedicated Family Advocates in CA, we can only assume, at this point, Donnelly was more interested in the possible Governorship, than Our precious Families.

If anyone in CA would like to be involved in this issue, please give me a jingle at Thank You.

YES,  Assembleman Tim Donnelly , CA, presented a bill, AB 1828  to the HHR Review Committee and it was unanimously  

Since it didn't even get through the committee.

 The bill was centered on video taping ALL interviews with those involved of alleged Abuse and/or Neglect.

To me this Rejection is Very Sad, since in the name of "Due Process", video taping could be beneficial to both sides. But alas those who apposed the bill said, it would be too much $$$$ to get the video equipment to do such a thing. 
Yipes, I thought to myself.. Isn't that what we should ALL be concerned about is finding the TRUTH??