Wait... I Have to Do New Mandatory Training?

Thursday, May 23, 2024
In 2021, New York State Social Service Law was amended. One of the amendments involved mandatory updated training within the New York State Mandated Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment/Neglect coursework. Here’s what you need to know about this updated training and how it impacts all of us in the Levittown United Teachers.
Question: What is this updated training all about?
Answer: The updated training includes protocols to reduce implicit bias in decision-making processes, strategies for identifying adverse childhood experiences, and guidelines to assist in recognizing signs of abuse or maltreatment while interacting within the New York State Mandated Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment/Neglect coursework.
Question: Do I need to do this if I already took a Child Abuse workshop in the past?
Answer: Yes. Because this training updates information from past workshops, each of the certification areas below have to complete the updated training regardless of the certificate type (e.g. Initial/Professional, Provisional/Permanent, Transitional, Reissuance/Renewal).
Question: Is the school district going to be providing this training to us?
Answer: No. This training is required for you to maintain your certification in New York State. It is not the district’s obligation to train you, it is your obligation to complete the training to maintain your ability to continue to work. So, unlike some of the mandatory trainings we are asked to complete at the start of each school year, this updated training will not be provided by the district and we will not be receiving time during the school day to complete the training.
Question: Okay. How much time to do I have to get this training done?
Answer: The amended law requires all mandated reporters of Child Abuse and Maltreatment/Neglect, including classroom teachers, educational administrators and personal service providers, to complete the updated training curriculum by no later than April 1, 2025.
Question: What is this training going to cost me?
Answer: Nothing… but time. There are a number of providers that offer this training, many at no cost. Click the link below for a rundown.
Question: Is this something that I can do online like we do with the training courses we complete at the start of each school year?
Answer: Yes. There is actually a free, 2-hour long online training course that is offered by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS). Click the link below to access OCFS website and the page that gives you full details about the training course.
Question: Once I take the course, what do I have to do to make sure my certification is updated to show that I took the updated training course?
Answer: Depending on how you do the training, you will either receive a certificate that you can send electronically or mail in to the New York State Department of Education. Some of the online courses will send a digital copy of the certificate in for you. Once the state receives your certificate of completion, your certificate will be updated in your New York State TEACH account in the workshops section. It will show as Child Abuse Identification (New Program) to distinguish it from the original Child Abuse Identification workshop that we were all required to complete to obtain certification. The New York State OCFS also has a webpage where you can submit a certification of competition request online after you take their online training course.
Our state union, NYSUT, is maintain a Fact Sheet on their website that they continue to update with information about the mandated reporter training. Click the link below to access this information:
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