Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Sumin Hsieh

Second Advisor

Richard Spratt

Third Advisor

Cheryl Dick


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.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Rogers.KJ

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