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As child care providers, you must report suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation to Child Protective Services (CPS) or your local law enforcement agency immediately.

Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment A

Let's Share!

Participate in the discussion board.

Has your child care program experienced any emergencies?
If so, tell us about it


Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment B

Participate in the discussion board.

Reporting Procedures #1


Discussion Board Assignment

Assignment C

Participate in the discussion board.

Reporting Procedures #2



A Basic Approach to Child Safety

This course is designed to help participants identify signs of child abuse and neglect and understand proper mandatory reporting procedures. This module will also help participants create safe environments and plan for emergencies. 



This course is based on information on pages 116-121, 179-201, and 217-219 in the Child Care Center Licensing Guidebook, 2nd ed. (2006). DEL-LC 2001 (x) 10/06.

Concepts covered:

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Mandated reporting
  • Injury prevention
  • Environmental safety
  • Safe indoor and outdoor play areas



Learning Outcomes


Goal 1:

Demonstrate knowledge of child abuse indicators and mandatory reporting procedures.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify situations that require mandatory reporting

  • Identify from scenarios at least 15 out of 20 possible indicators of abuse/ neglect

  • Identify the steps to follow when abuse/neglect is suspected

  • Identify the information that CPS will need when a report is made


Goal 2:

Demonstrate knowledge of safety procedures and accident prevention.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify hazards that need to be removed in order to create a safe indoor play area

  • Identify environmental safety precautions to prevent injury due to choking, falls, accidental poisoning, or shifting of materials during an earthquake




Recommended Resources


Child day care and child protective services. Protecting the abused and neglected child: An explanation of the Washington State mandatory reporting law on child abuse. DSHS 22-163 (x) (revised 8/03).

Harms, R. (1997). Issues of abuse: What the educator needs to know. Olympia, WA: Educational Resource Associates.

Slaby, R., Rodell, W., Arezzo, D., & Hendrix, K. (1995). Early violence prevention: Tools for teachers of young children. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

McCracken, J.B. (1995). Playgrounds: Safe & sound. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.



Online Resources


For additional information on child development, we have provided links to optional resources and articles which you may choose to read and save on your computer. The links below may be for third-party websites. We do not control the content on third-party websites, which means that the web pages can be moved or changed at any time without our knowledge. We check the links below on a regular basis, however we are unable to guarantee that they will be functional at all times. If the link does not work, you can copy the title of the resource and paste it into Yahoo or Google to search for the location of the new page.

Articles/websites are for resource purposes only and are not necessarily the opinions of Successful Solutions or our trainers.


Website Links:


Protecting the Abused and Neglected Child, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, DSHS 22-163 (Rev. 9/10)

Washington State Mandated Reporting Video

How Some Childhood Infectious Diseases Are Spread Be a germ-buster. Wash your hands! Department of Health poster #130-012.Benenson, A. (1990)

Healthy Kids, Healthy Care: Parents as Partners in Promoting Healthy & Safe Child Care

Certificate of Immunization Status Form

Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health, Georgetown Univ.

DEL Child Development, Health and Safety Publications



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