AB-2018: Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Employee Training Act of 2016

Session: 2015-2016
Author: Ridley-Thomas
Status: Dead
AAP-CA Position: Support
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AB 2018 would establish the Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Employee Training Act of 2016, which would require each governing board of a community college district to: (1) annually train, using the online training module developed by the State Department of Education, or other training, as specified, employees and administrators of the district who are mandated reporters on the mandated reporting requirements; (2) develop a process for those persons required to receive training under the bill to provide proof of completing this training within the first 6 weeks of each academic year or within 6 weeks of that person’s employment; and (3) develop a process to identify the students who are minors enrolled in classes at the community college district and provide that information only to faculty members and other employees who are mandated reporters.

The bill would provide that a person employed by more than one community college district or by more than one college in a single community college district is only required to receive the required training one time in each academic year.

AB 2018 (Ridley-Thomas) Letter of Support

AAP Positional Letter

July 25, 2016

The Honorable Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
California State Assembly
State Capitol, Suite 2176
Sacramento, CA 94249-0054

Re: AB 2018 (Ridley-Thomas) Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Employee Training Act of 2016

Dear Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas:

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing 5,000 primary care and subspecialty pediatricians statewide, is proud to support your proposed legislation AB 2018 (Ridley-Thomas). AB 2108 would require each community college district to annually train employees who are mandated reporters on mandated reporting requirements, develop a process for providing proof of completion, and identify enrollees who are minors exclusively to mandatory reporters.

It has been estimated that a child in California is abused every seven minutes. Abuse and neglect have long-lasting effects on an individual’s psychosocial development and health. Forty categories of mandatory reporters play a crucial role in identifying child abuse and neglect through recognizing important signs and reporting concerns to law enforcement. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) championed the federal Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 that established the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities and welcomed its report with recommendations that include increasing funding for mandatory reporter training to prevent child fatalities and to protect those especially vulnerable to harm.

AB 2018 (Ridley-Thomas) is an important recognition of the presence of over 73,000 minors in our community college classrooms and would ensure that those faculty members receive the same training in detecting and reporting child abuse as their K-12 counterparts.

California pediatricians are proud to support your proposed legislation AB 2018.  We thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of children, youth, and families across California.


Kris' Signature

Kris Calvin
Chief Executive Officer
American Academy of Pediatrics, California

CC: Stuart Cohen, AAP-CA Chair; Lydia Bourne, AAP-CA Legislative Advocate; AAP-CA Leadership