Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 10: Licensing and Community Action

10.3 Licensing Agency

10.3.5 Licensing Staff Training Training of Licensing Agency Personnel about Child Abuse

Content in the STANDARD was modified on 10/16/2018.

Staff and administrators in licensing agencies and state-supported resource and referral agencies should receive 16 hours of training on child abuse/neglect with an emphasis on how child abuse/neglect occurs in child care.

Training topics should include (1):

  • Prevention of child abuse/neglect
    • Child physical/verbal abuse
    • Child sexual abuse
    • Shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma
  • Child abuse identification and reporting
    • Mandated reporting

States should establish procedures to ensure compliance with the training requirement by agency personnel.


Licensing and resource and referral persons are expected to be well informed about child abuse and neglect issues while supporting caregivers/teachers in the field. Adequate training ensures these individuals are properly trained and equipped.  

RELATED STANDARDS Recognizing and Reporting Suspected Child Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Immunity for Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect Preventing and Identifying Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma Care for Children Who Have Experienced Abuse/Neglect Facility Layout to Reduce Risk of Child Abuse and Neglect Death Licensing Agency Role in Communicating the Importance of Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
  1. Child Welfare Information Gateway. Training on identification of child abuse and neglect. Accessed June 26, 2018


Content in the STANDARD was modified on 10/16/2018.