April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we urge communities to recognize this month by working together to support child abuse prevention programs and activities, increase awareness about child abuse and contribute to promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in a safe, stable and nurturing environment.

Child abuse prevention remains the best defense for our children and families and effective prevention activities succeed because of the partnerships created between child welfare professionals, education, health, communityand faith- based organizations, business, law enforcement agencies and families.

AB 2085 Mandated Reporter Training Supplement

This training was created through the Los Angeles County Mandated Supporting Initiative (MSI) in partnership with the UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Casey Family Programs, SHIELDS for Families, Safe and Sound, CASA of Los Angeles, Evident Change, Children’s Law Center, and the Department of Children and Family Services.

This training is an important milestone in our work to transform Los Angeles County’s system of mandated reporting into a model that ensures that children are safe and prevents the harm caused by unnecessary involvement with the child welfare system, promotes holistic family well-being, and eliminates mandated reporting as a driver of racial disproportionality in the child welfare system.  

This self-paced eLearning course provides:

·       Guidance on how to implement and comply with AB 2085.

·       Insights, strategies, and tools to make more accurate, consistent, and equitable decisions about reporting suspected general neglect. This includes a five-step decision support process and the AB 2085 General Neglect Decision Tree

·       Strategies and resources to support families in need when a report to the Child Protection Hotline is not required.

·       Strategies for supporting families even when a report to the Child Protection Hotline is required.


Training materials and facilitator’s notes are also available to support groups and organizations that would like to provide live/synchronous training. 

We are also excited to share information regarding the launch of the new MSI website, SupportingFamilies.LACounty.gov. The training, printable tools, and more can be accessed via the site. Mandated Reporters in healthcare can also access information regarding Los Angeles County’s implementation of Plans of Safe Care here

Most importantly, we want you to know that the website is a place where Mandated Reporters and families can find information about supportive resources that are available in communities. 

Additional Resources


LACOE Board Resolution

Board Resoluton 43 recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month


Child Welfare Information Gateway

Provides information about National Child Abuse Prevention Month, data, AVEs, Protective Factors, and an Outreach Toolkit. They are a great resource that I use for National FY Month. 


Outreach Toolkit

Provided by Child Welfare Information Gateway and Children's Bureau


Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services

This link will provide viewers with how to Report Child Abuse within, and outside of California. Additional services for hearing impaired are available here


Department of Social Services

This site provides the viewer with a host of resources and links that speak on Shaken Baby Syndrome, How You Can Help, and much more. 



This website provides Live Chats, toll free numbers to call to report or contact a Counselor. They have ways how to identify abuse


Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept

This book is written for parents and teachers to teach children about body safety and the importance of speaking up if they experience unsafe touch or abuse.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

View facts from the CDC on child abuse anad neglect.