All program staff, including volunteers, who will have direct contact with minors must undergo training on their role as a mandatory reporter and the University’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and the Board of Regents Sexual Misconduct Policy. Additionally, Program Administrators are responsible for developing program-specific trainings at a level appropriate to the program/activity; program-specific training must cover staff and participant codes of conduct; disability and other accommodations; safety and security protocols; first aid guidelines and medication management; and activities, risks, and responsibilities specific to each program/activity.
1. Mandatory Reporter Training
The State of Georgia provides a free online training available at: https://www.prosolutionstraining.com/menu/?d_id=2. This course takes approximately one hour to complete, teaches individuals about their role as a mandatory reporter, describes how to identify the indicators of abuse/neglect, and the identifies the groups of children that may be at a higher risk. Upon completion of the course, program staff, including volunteers, are required to provide a copy of the Certificate of Completion (instructions below) to the Program Administrator.
Instructions for completing the mandatory reporter training:
1. Create an account.
o Provide the required information to create a Pro Solutions Training account: https://www.prosolutionstraining.com/registration/.
o Log-in to your account at: https://www.prosolutionstraining.com/login/.
2. Select course: “Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandated Reporting Requirements for Employees, Volunteers, and Contractors of Georgia Public Schools.”
o Click “Courses” on top menu.
o In top paragraph, click “Human Services Course Menu.” (Make sure the state is set to Georgia).
o In the third section ("Child Abuse and Neglect"), for the course titled "Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandated Reporting Requirements for Employees, Volunteers, and Contractors of Georgia Public Schools," click “Order Now.” (The cost is free).
o Complete the ordering process for the course.
3. Begin course.
o Select “My Account” in the upper right corner.
o Select your course under “Courses in Progress.”
4. Download or print a Certificate of Completion.
o Select “My Account” on the upper right corner.
o Select “Print Certificate.”
o Provide a copy of the Certificate of Completion to your Program Administrator.
2. Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Training
The University’s Equal Opportunity Office has recorded a Blackboard Collaborate training on the University Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and the Board of Regents Sexual Misconduct Policy. To complete the training requirement for the Programs for Minors policy, you can view this training at: UGA NDAH and USG Sexual Misconduct Training. For more information on these policies, you can visit EOO's training website: https://eoo.uga.edu/training.
For administrators and program coordinators to better understand the policy, we have recorded a Blackboard Collaborate session in partnership with Georgia 4-H. This training session will review the key elements of the Programs for Minors policy and provide some best practices based on Georgia 4-H's decades of experience working with youth. You can view the training session here: Best Practices of Hosting Minors on Campus.