Making the Tough Call: Legal & Ethical Issues Related to the Social Worker’s Decision to Report Suspected Child Maltreatment

Presenter(s): Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W

NASW-NYS Members: $30

NASW Other Chapter Member: $60

Non-Members: $75

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hour(s) for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists.



Workshop Description

Social workers throughout the United States are mandated reporters of suspected child maltreatment. However, our legal requirement to report is often confusing to navigate in relation to our other professional and ethical responsibilities. This workshop provides profession-based context to the role of mandated reporter. Social workers will learn a framework to guide the decision to make this “tough call” using research findings and practical advice based on real case examples.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand considerations for determining when making a report to child protective services is required by law
  • Identify the ethical/ moral and legal conundrums faced when making the decision to report
  • Apply a framework to guide the process for deciding whether to make a report




This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hour(s).

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).



Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W, Principal Consultant with Krase Consultant, is an expert on the professional reporting of suspected child maltreatment. She has authored multiple books and articles on the subject. She has years of experience consulting with government and community-based organizations to develop policy & practice standards.



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