Prevent Child Abuse in Kansas
What is child and vulnerable adult abuse and neglect in Kansas?
According to the A Guide to Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect by the Kansas Department of Children and Families, child abuse is defined any physical injury, physical neglect, emotional injury, or sexual act inflicted upon a child.
Vulnerable adult abuse in Kansas is defined as abuse, neglect or exploitation of certain adults; reporting abuse, neglect or exploitation or need of protective services; persons required to report; penalty of failure to report; posting notice of requirements of act.
According to the Child Welfare League of America, there were 4,153 victims of abuse or neglect in Kansas in 2017, a rate of 5.8 per 1,000 children. Of these children, 784 were neglected, 1,007 were physically abused, and 768 were sexually abused.
Who is a mandated reporter according to KS state requirements?
According to KSA 38-2223, child mandated reporters are defined as:
(A) the following persons providing medical care or treatment: Persons licensed to practice the healing
arts, dentistry and optometry; persons engaged in postgraduate training programs approved by the state board of healing arts; licensed professional or practical nurses; and chief administrative officers of medical care facilities;
(B) the following persons licensed by the state to provide mental health services: Licensed psychologists, licensed masters level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, licensed social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical marriage and family therapists, licensed behavioral analysts, licensed assistant behavioral analysts, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical professional counselors and registered alcohol and drug abuse counselors;
(C) teachers, school administrators or other employees of an educational institution which the child is
attending and persons licensed by the secretary of health and environment to provide child care services or the employees of persons so licensed at the place where the child care services are being provided to the child;
(D) firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law enforcement officers, juvenile intake
and assessment workers, court services officers and community corrections officers, case managers
appointed under K.S.A. 2005 Supp. 23-1001 et seq., and amendments thereto, and mediators appointed under K.S.A. 23-602, and amendments thereto; and
(E) any person employed by or who works as a volunteer for any organization, whether for profit or not for-profit, that provides social services to pregnant teenagers, including, but not limited to, counseling, adoption services and pregnancy education and maintenance.
Vulnerable adult mandatory reporters are any person who is licensed to practice any branch of the healing arts, a licensed psychologist, a licensed master level psychologist, a licensed clinical psychotherapist, the chief administrative officer of a medical care facility, a teacher, a licensed social worker, a licensed professional nurse, a licensed practical nurse, a licensed dentist, a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical professional counselor, registered alcohol and drug abuse counselor, a law enforcement officer, a case manager, a rehabilitation counselor, a bank trust officer or any other officers of financial institutions, a legal representative, a governmental assistance provider, an owner or operator of a residential care facility, and independent living counselor and the chief administrative officer of a licensed home health agency, the chief administrative officer of an adult family home and the chief administrative officer of a provider of community services and affiliates thereof operated or funded by the department for children and families or licensed under K.S.A. 75-3307b and amendments.
Mandated reporters can request in-person mandated reporter training from the DCF.
Failure of a mandated reporter to make a report is a Class B misdemeanor and could result in a $1,000 fine or up to six months in jail.
How do I report child abuse in Kansas?
How do I get free online child abuse training for my organization?
Use the code STAYSAFE to enroll in Creating Safe Environments for Organizations, a free online training class. Leaders in organizations use this free online course to explore child abuse prevention best practices and help prevent child abuse in Kansas.
How do I get online child abuse training for myself?
How do I contact the KS Department of Children and Families?
Contact the Kansas Department of Children and Families
555 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66603
Phone: (785) 296-3271
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your organization and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Children and Families requires. The state requirements and child abuse and human trafficking statistics listed on this page are current as of May 13th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State requirements may change and it is your responsibility to know your state mandated reporter requirements and the process for online child abuse prevention training. Compass Child Protection Training can not guarantee acceptance by your school, organization, or state Department of Children and Families. If there is a child abuse emergency, call 911 immediately.