Broadcast Date: Wednesday, April 05, 2023
from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)


Protecting children from all forms of harm is a critical moral obligation shared by all members of society, but more so for people in positions of authority. For this purpose, state and federal laws require certain professionals, such as teachers, healthcare workers, lawyers, and other practitioners, to report any signs or suspicions of child abuse and neglect.

However, mandated reporters face various ethical and legal challenges arising from issues of confidentiality and informed consent, as well as penalties for false reports and non-compliance. Hence, to mitigate potential risks, staying informed of the current guidelines in reporting child maltreatment is of vital importance.

In a CLE Webcast, experienced professionals in child protection, Deborah A. Ausburn and Tom Rawlings of Taylor English Duma LLP, will provide the audience with an overview of the latest developments and issues in reporting suspected child abuse and neglect in the U.S. Speakers will also discuss practical and ethical guidelines on proper reporting protocols and offer best practices to ensure compliance with relevant laws.

Key topics include:

  • Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect – An Overview
  • Basic Requirements and Reporting Guidelines
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Mandated Reporters
  • Ethical and Legal Considerations
  • Risk Mitigation and Compliance Strategies


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of child abuse reporting


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Ethics and Professionalism


Total Credits:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Deborah A. Ausburn, Partner
Highly Experienced in Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse Claims

Taylor English Duma LLP

Deborah Ausburn is a member of Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, where she focuses on advising and defending youth-serving organizations. Ms. Ausburn has spent more than 30 years as a social worker, foster parent, criminal prosecutor, and civil trial attorney. Her experience includes successful cases before the United States Supreme Court in constitutional claims, extensive work in free speech and religious freedom issues, and dozens of successful jury trials as well as other various national work.

Tom Rawlings, Counsel
30 Years of Legal Experience in Child Protection

Taylor English Duma LLP

Tom Rawlings brings 30 years of legal experience in juvenile justice, child protection, and capacity-building to Taylor English. Mr. Rawlings concentrates his practice on advising and defending youth-serving organizations. He has spent more than 20 years representing and serving institutional clients with a focus on vulnerable populations, including children and families, juveniles, and individuals living with poverty, food insecurity, and medical disabilities.


Deborah A. Ausburn, Partner

Taylor English Duma LLP


Tom Rawlings, Counsel

Taylor English Duma LLP

  1. The landscape has changed, illustrated by the SBC and Larry Nassar reports
  2. Law enforcement is becoming more aggressive about
    1. Broadly defining “abuse”, and
    2. Charging mandated reporters
  3. Lawyers advising their clients need to take a similarly broad view. When in doubt, report. Need to make sure that you have a consistent reporting structure and also that the structure doesn’t prevent an individual within the organization from making a direct report.
  4. We also need to help our clients respond after the mandated report
    1. No longer enough to wait for law enforcement, and
    2. We need to help clients plan ahead for crisis response
  5. We no longer can concentrate on defending potential lawsuits, but we have to help our clients with their entire mission of caring for children and families.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, April 05, 2023

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Legal Counsel
  • Paralegals
  • Child Abuse Lawyers
  • Child Protection Officers
  • Child Welfare Specialists
  • Child Abuse Investigators
  • Social Workers
  • Child Abuse Workers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
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Deborah A. AusburnPartner
Highly Experienced in Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse Claims
Taylor English Duma LLP
Tom RawlingsCounsel
30 Years of Legal Experience in Child Protection
Taylor English Duma LLP



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