Mandated Reporters

New York State Mandated Reporters Hotline: 800-635-1522

A mandated reporter is required to make an oral report to the State Central Register or to the New York State Office of Child and Family Services.

Among those who are mandated to make reports are:

  • Medical and Hospital Personnel
  • School Officials
  • Social Service Workers
  • Child Care Workers
  • Residential Care Workers
  • Law Enforcement Personnel

For more information, visit the Mandated Reporter Resource Center.

Questions for mandated reporters

Some questions you may be asked include:

  • What is the child’s name, home address and age?
  • What is the nature and extent of the child’s injuries or the risk of harm to the child?
  • Have there been any prior suspicious injuries to this child or his/her siblings?
  • Do you have any information regarding treatment of the child or the child’s current whereabouts?

Obligations for mandated reporters

You will be obligated to file a written report with Child Services within 48 hours of making the oral report.  You are entitled to a copy of the report; however any information pertaining to the identity of the source will be redacted as it might reasonably jeopardize the safety of the person.

People who are not mandated reporters will not need to follow up with a written report.  A non-mandated reporter also has the option to file the report anonymously.

Mandated Reporter Training

Mandated Reporters must complete training and maintain a certification. The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center offers training for Mandated Reporters in Onondaga County, and can also refer you to other training and certification resources. For more information, call us at 315-701-2985.

If you suspect that a child is being abused, call Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720