51A Mandated Reporter Training Courses

This online training was designed to satisfy the requirement that mandated reporters who are professionally licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts complete training to recognize and report suspected child abuse and neglect, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 119, § 51A(k). When you finish the training, you will be able to print or download a certificate of completion. 

This self-paced training takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. You must proceed through the training in the order the lessons are presented. You cannot jump forward in lessons, but you can navigate backwards to review content by clicking on the training menu. Once you complete the entire training, you will be able to navigate between the lessons in any order you choose and use the content as a reference.

At various points throughout the training when you click the "next lesson" button, you will be presented with pop quiz questions and case studies. After you answer each set of questions (sometimes there may only be one quiz or case study in a set), you will be able to check your answers and then move onto the next lesson.

The training includes some hyperlinks. When you click on these links, a new window will open and take you to an outside website. These links are intended to provide you with access to additional information on certain topics. Any opinions, advise, statements, services, offers of other information, or content expressed or made available by these websites are those of the respective websites.

The structure of this self-paced training is as follows:

  1. Why is Mandated Reporting Important?
  2. Who is at Risk of Maltreatment?
  3. Am I a Mandated Reporter?
  4. Duties of a Mandated Reporter
  5. What Conditions are Reportable?
    1. What Qualifies as Maltreatment?
    2. Recognizing Child Neglect
    3. Recognizing Physical Child Abuse
    4. Recognizing Sexual Child Abuse
    5. Physical Dependence Upon an Addictive Drug at Birth
    6. Recognizing Child Exploitation
  6. Responding to Disclosures of Abuse
  7. Filing the 51A Report
    1. How to File a 51A Report
    2. What Must Be Included in My Report?
    3. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. After a 51A Report is Filed
    1. What Happens After a 51A Report is Filed?
    2. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Conclusion