Mandated reporter session focuses on protecting children

Mandated reporter session focuses on protecting children

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A mandated reporter training session took place on Wednesday at the Paragould Community Center focusing on a valuable asset: children.

Participants listened to experts in the field inform them on what to do and what not to do when dealing with a situation of suspected child abuse.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said a common mistake among people is reporting a case to a superior only.

"Anybody that works with children, it actually falls under the statute to being the requirements of a mandated reporter is obligated to make the call themselves," Ellington said. "Don't rely on a supervisor or superior to make the call."

Lieutenant Brad Snyder with the Paragould police attended and said the information is more than valuable.

"As time progresses we unfortunately see more and more cases of child abuse or neglect," Snyder said. "This is a very good refresher for not only police officers, but counselors, social workers, things of that nature to give the guidelines of when reports required to be called in to the hotline so they can be looked at."

The training session had a number of different speakers throughout the day, including a segment on human trafficking.

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