Fundamentals of Mandatory Reporting: A Guide for Refugee Service Providers in the U.S.

Refugee service providers play important roles in supporting newcomer clients’ safety and wellness. This includes being knowledgeable about mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults. This information guide explains what mandatory reporting entails—providing guidelines on who is considered a mandated reporter and how to make a mandated report. Because bias, cultural differences, and poverty can influence your suspicion of abuse and neglect, this guide also describes considerations for determining whether to report a specific incident or suspicion. Note that this guide is general and should be supplemented with review and implementation of your state’s policies and laws.