The New Child Abuse CE Renewal Requirement in New York: What to Know

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New York State has required continuing education for recognition and reporting of child abuse for licensed professionals working in key frontline industries since early 1989. Over the years, the program has grown to include other professionals working in New York like licensed social workers, therapists, counselors, and behavioral analysts. 

Previously, completing a child abuse and maltreatment workshop was a one-time requirement for initial certification. However, new legislation has mandated additional training, and the New York State Department of Education requires licensed professionals to take an updated child abuse CE workshop as part of their renewal process.

If you’re currently in one of these key roles, renewing your license depends on completing the NYSED child abuse training. Failing to do so will result in being unable to practice, and even if your license doesn’t expire soon, you have a limited timeframe for bringing yourself into compliance. 

What Changed?

In response to developing challenges and increased awareness of the impact of child abuse, legislators in New York decided it was time to take action. Recent amendments made to the New York State social services law require any person who has previously undergone this training to take an updated version by April 1st, 2025.

The need for more education reflects a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of child abuse, as well as the difficulty of spotting its signs. Child abuse and maltreatment can take many forms, and the evidence is often nearly invisible to untrained eyes. Child abusers specialize in remaining hidden in plain sight and operate with precision in hiding their crimes.

2021 data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tells us there were more than 56,000 victims of child maltreatment across the state of NY that year alone. Among them, 126 resulted in a fatality at the hands of their abuser, and the numbers have been steadily rising. 

Compared to the rest of the country, New York ranks near the top for the number of child abuse cases per year. It’s also a major travel hub and metropolitan area, and its high volume of traffic and status as a port of entry make it a prime location for international child trafficking. Coming in third behind only California and Texas according to 2021 data, it’s clear that child abuse and maltreatment is a problem worthy of attention and merits updated child abuse CE and training. 

Who Has to Take NYSED Training?

Child Abuse Identification and Reporting (CAIR) training is required of professionals in roles that put them in a unique position to pick up on the symptoms of maltreatment. These professionals spend significant amounts of time around children and families. Because of the nature of their jobs, they have an opportunity for close contact that allows them to spot possible signs like bruising, suspicious trauma, or neglect. 

Depending on the specifics of your practice, you may qualify for an exemption. For instance, if you don’t have professional contact with persons under 18 and people with disabilities over 18, or if you work in a residential school or care facility, you may not have to take the NYSED training.

Presently, the NYSED requires CAIR training for the following professions:

  • Certified Behavior Analyst Assistants
  • Chiropractors
  • Creative Arts Therapists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dentists
  • Licensed Behavior Analysts
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Master Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Optometrists
  • Physicians
  • Podiatrists
  • Psychoanalysts
  • Psychologists
  • Registered Nurses
  • School Administrators/Supervisors
  • School Attendance Teachers
  • School Bus Drivers and Supervisors
  • School Counselors
  • School Dental Hygiene Teachers
  • School Nurse Teachers
  • School Nurses
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Teachers - certified and uncertified
  • Other School Personnel Required to Hold a Teaching or Administrative Certificate or License

What Does the Workshop Cover?

The newly designed NYSED Child Abuse Identification and Reporting workshop includes the addition of adverse childhood experiences and trauma, implicit bias, identification of child abuse virtually, and educational neglect. It also has updated guidelines for reporting, best practices for identifying and navigating suspected instances of child abuse, and a basic refresher of the previously required coursework. This new content is expected to be delivered with a mandatory pre- and post-test to demonstrate competency. 

When Does It Need to Be Taken By?

The deadline that applies to you will be dependent upon your license renewal timeline. The training requirements have been rolled into existing processes, and most professionals will naturally complete their training before the April 2025 deadline.

However, some people will have to take the course independently if their license process extends beyond the legislated deadline. For instance, nurses in NY renew their licenses every three years, and depending on their exact dates they may need to complete it on their own. That can be stressful, but fortunately, there are excellent online options that can help you meet your obligations quickly and easily. 

Let Premiere Help You with Your Child Abuse CE Renewal

The newly updated child abuse CE identification and reporting training must be taken from an education provider validated and approved by the New York State Department of Education. Lucky for you, that includes Premiere—this training is mandatory, and completing it is both a condition for employment as well as an important step towards preventing child abuse. Premiere makes meeting your professional obligation as simple as finding a screen, and we handle reporting completing to the NYSED. 

The New York - Child Abuse Identification and Reporting workshop created by Premiere’s Amy Adkins-Dwivedi MS, APRN is guaranteed to include all required curriculum components and satisfy any obligation for CE renewal. And like all Premiere courses, completing this education goes beyond just checking a box. The workshop delivers a clear understanding of how to identify indications of harm and how to report your findings to the appropriate agencies. With Premiere, you’ll be able to provide better, more compassionate care in addition to meeting all your NYSED requirements with ease. 

Child abuse and maltreatment in this country is a sad truth, and with New York ranking towards the top in the number of victims annually, it’s our professional responsibility to do everything we can to protect the children we encounter. For more continuing education content to support your career, start exploring Premiere today. 

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