Starting in February 2002, EMT’s in New York State are required to report or cause a report to be made when they (acting in their professional or official capacity) have reason to believe that a child is abused or neglected. The Bureau of EMS has issued a policy statement (#02-01) to help you comply with this new law. The policy statement and attachments make an excellent training tool. Read the text of the law here: Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse. To assist Corps and Fire Departments in Policy development, Mike McEvoy (Saratoga County EMS Coordinator) has written 2 sample policies on Reporting of Child Abuse; one for Transporting Ambulance Services and one for Fire Department First Response Services: (policies below reflect June 2002 revisions)

  • Reporting Suspected Child Abuse SOP – Ambulance
  • Reporting Suspected Child Abuse SOP – BLSFR (First Response Services)
  • Attachment DSS-2221A.pdf (needed to accompany both of the above SOP’s)