Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Although teachers in all 50 states are designated as mandated reporters of child maltreatment, concerns have been expressed regarding their overall knowledge for reporting child abuse and neglect. The purpose of the study is to explore elementary teachers' knowledge regarding Minnesota's mandatory reporting law, the Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors, Minnesota Statute 626.556. All full-time and part-time public school elementary teachers from a school district in Central Minnesota were surveyed (N=383). Of those surveyed, 225 (59%) agreed to participate in the study. The data was analyzed by univariate and bivariate analysis. The results indicate that almost all participants who perceived themselves to be knowledgeable regarding their responsibilities for reporting child maltreatment, actually were not. The study is important because it provides the school district with information regarding the types of training teachers need to understand and fulfill their responsibilities as mandated reporters.
Rogers, Kara Jean, "Elementary Teachers' Knowledge of Minnesota's Mandatory Reporting law of Child Maltreatment" (2001). Theses and Graduate Projects. 1184.