EXPERT Q&A

As a nanny, am I considered a mandated reporter for suspected abuse and neglect?

Mandated reporters of suspected abuse and neglect are vital to keeping children safe. Family and childcare advocate Mirella Alexis provides guidance to nannies and caregivers on their role as mandated reporters and how to report suspected cases in their state.

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Question

What is a mandated reporter? As a nanny of two young children, am I considered one? Can you help me understand what’s required of me if I suspect abuse or neglect?

Answer

Thank you for asking this important question! This is a great question and one I cover in my seminars all the time because it tends to be confusing.

In the United States and other parts of the world, a mandated reporter is someone who by law must report any suspicion of or form of child abuse and neglect. Each state has its own laws, but some automatically mandated reporters by profession are police officers, social workers, teachers, and ministries. However, anyone working in a career that is regularly in contact with children and those with disabilities is deemed a mandated reporter and legally has the duty to report any suspected or observed abuse or neglect. This may include nannies, tutors, camp counselors, and many others. With that, any adult who suspects or has knowledge of neglect or abuse should contact their local authorities.

Reports of abuse and neglect can be made to your local police or your local government welfare agency. For example, in the state of Illinois, we have the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, also known as DCFS. Many other states and big cities have their own Department of Children and Family Services as well. In Illinois, suspected cases can be reported using the following hotline any time of day: 1-800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873) or at [email protected].

Learn more about your state’s child welfare agency and how to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect here.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can prevent child abuse and human trafficking, please reach out to the CareNectar team. We’re here to answer any questions and help keep you and the children in your care safe and healthy.

Meet The Expert


Mirella Alexis

Mirella has been a family and childcare advocate for nearly two decades. With her bachelor’s degree in early childcare education, Mirella immediately started expanding her portfolio as a professional nanny, early childhood educator, and newborn care specialist. She later obtained her certification in child nutrition, positive discipline, and child abuse prevention. She expanded her professional reach more in 2016 by taking on the role of labor and postpartum doula. In 2020, Mirella became the Vice President of The Nanny Sitter Fund. She’s excited to be bringing her passion for childcare to the masses, making child welfare everyone’s responsibility. Learn more about her at MirellaAlexis.com