Revise Mandatory Reporting Guidelines

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa recognizes the important role legislation plays in the future of Iowa’s children. We support the implementation of recommendations set forth by the mandatory reporter working group.

Goal: Revise Iowa’s mandatory reporting framework.

Child protection requires the coordination of many professional groups and a cohesive training framework for recognizing and reporting the signs of neglect, sexual abuse and physical abuse.

Iowa’s child abuse reporting, assessment and rehabilitation law, Iowa Code (IC) sections 232.67–232.75, was enacted in 1978. It has been amended many times and is now fragmented. There are nearly 400,000 mandatory reporters in Iowa. Professionals from across sectors say they are dissatisfied in the current training and welcome comprehensive reform of Iowa’s code.

Revision would provide more direction to mandatory reporter trainers in Iowa and improve the function of reporting with Iowa Department of Human Services.

We encourage you to ask your legislator to implement the recommendations set forth by the mandatory reporter legislative work group.

Find Your Legislator

We encourage you to ask your legislator to implement the recommendations set forth by the mandatory reporter legislative work group.

Below are initial talking points to use when contacting your representatives. Please use these as a starting point, we encourage you to add your personal experience and/or professional opinions as part of your conversation.

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    More than 400,000 Iowans are required to be trained mandatory reporters. They learn to recognize the signs of neglect, sexual abuse and physical abuse, then promptly report suspicions to agencies for swift response and intervention.

  • 2.

    Failures in quality reporting requirements place Iowa’s most vulnerable populations at risk, clouds effective communication between mandatory reporters and the Iowa DHS and puts professionals at risk for failure to report.

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    PCA Iowa asks the legislature to enact recommendations from the mandatory reporter legislative work group. A revision of Iowa’s mandatory reporting guidelines will create a streamlined, comprehensive framework that effectively executes the intention of this important child and elder protection legislation.