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May 2012Vol. 13 No. 4Mandatory Reporter Training for Students

A special edition of Center Piece, the National Child Protection Training Center's (NCPTC's) newsletter, highlights efforts to enhance training at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students entering professions that mandate reporting of any suspicions of child abuse or neglect.

This issue of the newsletter points to research showing that law enforcement officers, social workers, nurses, doctors, and other child protection professionals leave their undergraduate and graduate careers inadequately trained to respond to suspected child maltreatment. To combat this issue, NCPTC aims to work with 100 universities by 2013 and 500 by 2018 to implement training programs for students preparing to enter mandated reporting professions. With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, the NCPTC has already worked with dozens of universities to create training courses and degrees. 

University training programs like the Winona State University Child Advocacy Studies certificate program are also highlighted in the issue.

Read the special edition of Center Piece on the NCPTC website: (4 MB)