Revise Mandatory Reporting Guidelines

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa recognizes the important role legislation plays in the future of Iowa’s children. We’re proud to see the Iowa legislature pass Mandatory Reporter reform during the 2019 Legislative Session.

Thank you to our many child advocates who worked to pass HF 731 into law, strengthening the protective system for Iowa kids!

About Mandatory Reporter Reform

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