The impact of training, experience, and confidence of mandated reporting among school personnel

Child abuse and neglect is still a problem, in spite of efforts to reduce its impact. The requirement of mandated reporting duties of elementary school employees has continued to be a focus of research, and underreporting of child abuse and neglect continues to be an issue, but research has demonstrated that training and experience increase confidence of mandated reporters, which may lead to less underreporting. The present study examined training, experience, and confidence levels in classified and certificated elementary school employees (n = 76) in different roles on campus. Overall associations were found between training and confidence, experience and confidence. Training and experience both had a positive relationship with confidence in elementary personnel. Additionally, classified staff were found to have received more training than certificated staff, although no significant differences were found in the areas of experience or confidence.