All Prenda Guides are Mandatory Reporters
School Year 2023-2024
Prenda guides are “Mandatory Reporters.” Mandatory Reporters are those individuals who have a legal obligation to report abuse, neglect, and other maltreatment of students, including knowledge of likely warning signs indicating that a student may be a victim of abuse, neglect, or maltreatment.
Any guide or assistant who suspects that a child has been or may be abused, trafficked, or neglected has a legal responsibility, under state law, to report such suspicions to law enforcement or to the appropriate state agency. Each state has different mechanisms to report suspected abuse, neglect, or maltreatment. Guides should follow their state’s reporting procedures.
If a child is in immediate danger, contact 911 prior to filing a report with the state agency.
As part of Prenda’s guide registration process, and annually thereafter, guides complete mandatory reporter training.
Prenda will cooperate with law enforcement investigations of child abuse, including investigations by any state’s Department of Protective and Family Services. Guides may not refuse to permit an investigator to interview a student at school who is alleged to be a victim of abuse or neglect. Guides may not require the investigator to permit them to be present during an interview conducted at school.
Investigations at school may be conducted by authorized law enforcement or state agencies without prior notification or consent of the student’s parents/guardians.
Prenda’s Support Team can assist any guides with questions or concerns about mandatory reporting requirements. They can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Guides operating with Prenda’s partners in New Hampshire and Colorado are subject to the Mandatory Reporter Policy found in the Partner Affiliated Handbook. Guides operating in direct partnership with a public school in Arizona are subject to their respective partner’s policies.
Click HERE to find the contact information for each state's reporting agency.