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Mandated Reporting

Are you a mandated reporter of child sexual abuse?

The Michigan Child Protection Law (CPL) requires the reporting of child abuse and neglect by certain persons, called mandated reporters, and permits the reporting of child abuse and neglect by all persons. The CPL includes the legal requirements for reporting, investigating, and responding to child abuse and neglect.

Mandated reporters are an essential part of the child protection system because they have an enhanced capacity, through their expertise and direct contact with children, to identify suspected child abuse and neglect. Reports made by mandated reporters are confirmed at nearly double the rate of those made by non-mandated reporters.

All Mandated Reporters must report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Human Services via Children’s Protective Services by filing a report online or calling 855-444-3911. You may also call your local law enforcement agency. In an emergency, dial 911.

Other adults can also report suspected abuse online or at the same toll-free phone number.

Mandated Reporter Training

The Children’s Advocacy Center provides mandated reporter training at no cost to you. It is imperative that all mandated reporters understand the child protection law and their role in helping to keep children safe from abuse. To schedule personalized training for your business or organization, please visit our Professional and Community Training page. We also offer sessions that are open to anyone in the community. To register, select one of the dates below.

Upcoming MDHHS Mandated Reporter Training Sessions

5% of children under the age of 18 are solicited sexually online.
1,000+ suspected child sexual abuse cases are reported in Kent County each year.
75% of childhood sexual abuse is thought to go unreported.
1 in 7 girls and 1 in 25 boys are sexually abused.