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Abuse Education Review Panel Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who authorized the Abuse Education Review Panel?

    The 2001 Iowa General Assembly authorized the director of the Iowa Department of Public Health to establish an abuse education review panel for:

    "review and approval of mandatory reporter training curricula for those persons who work in a position classification that under law makes the persons mandatory reporters of child or dependent adult abuse and the position classification does not have a mandatory reporter training curriculum approved by a licensing or examining board."
  2. Who must submit curricula to the panel for approval?
    • Any provider or entity that trains mandatory reporters must submit its curriculum.
    • The exception would be providers who have a mandatory reporter training curriculum approved by a licensing or examining board.
  3. Which licensing or examining boards are currently approving curricula?

    All curricula are being approved by the panel with the exception of some physician-developed curricula that have been approved by the Board of Medical Examiners.

  4. How does a provider or an individual determine which type of curriculum is appropriate?
    • Employees who work with children are to have two (2) hours of child abuse education.
    • Employees who work with dependent adults are to have two (2) hours of dependent adult abuse education.
    • Combined curriculums are to be used only when the mandatory reporter works with both children and dependent adults on a regular basis. A combined curriculum is to be a minimum of two (2) hours, with an hour of child abuse education and an hour of dependent adult abuse education.
    • Some agencies, professions, etc. are requiring individuals to have both child and dependent adult abuse training even though the individual does not work with both populations. It is important to check the requirements for each profession with the governing body.
    • Mandatory reporters are to have the training within six (6) months of employment and are required to repeat the training every five (5) years.
  5. Our facility contracts with community college personnel to provide training to our employees. Does our facility need to submit an application?

    No, as long as the community college is using an approved curriculum.

    Attendees should receive a certificate of attendance that lists the Iowa Department of Public Health approval number and dates of approval. If the community college is using a presenter with their own approved curriculum, the presenter's Iowa Department of Public Health approval number and dates of approval should appear on the certificate of attendance. You can request a copy of the provider's "Notice of Approved Curriculum" for your files.

  6. What is the deadline for submitting applications?

    There is no deadline. The panel meets regularly to review and make recommendations to approve or deny curricula. Applications received up to five (5) calendar days prior to a meeting date are reviewed. Meeting dates are listed under the link "Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Minutes" and may be cancelled with 24-hours notice on this web page.

  7. What are the common problems with new, self-developed applications?

    Common problems that delay application reviews are:

    • the application is not organized as requested;
    • the application does not fully answer or incorrectly answers the curriculum components;
    • the application exceeds the 10-page limit; and
    • the applicant does not submit three (3) copies of the application.
  8. What are the common problems with applications to use an already-approved curriculum?

    Common problems that delay approval are:

    • areas of the application are left blank;
    • the curriculum training area (child abuse, dependent adult abuse, or combination) does not match the type of curriculum the applicant wants to use;
    • the contact person for the already-approved curriculum has not signed off for the use of their curriculum; and
    • the applicant wants to use copyrighted materials without approval of the contact person.
  9. My facility uses materials developed by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). Do we still need to submit an application?

    Yes, a curriculum application must still be submitted unless DHS has obtained approval to link your facility as a business or corporate link, to use their approved curriculum. While materials developed by DHS contain excellent information, some videotapes and booklets are outdated or are not considered an approved curriculum. Example: the DHS Guides for Mandatory Reporters do not contain all of the curriculum components required by the panel and therefore are not approved curricula.

  10. My facility uses materials developed by the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs (IDEA). Do we still need to submit an application?

    Yes, a curriculum application must still be submitted. Each provider must have an approval number, unless they are listed as a business or corporate link on another application.

  11. Are trainers of the course required to be certified to do the training?

    Yes and no.

    • The Iowa Code for mandatory reporter training does not require certification of trainers.
    • In 2006 the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs passed an Administrative Rule requiring providers using the IDEA approval number #19 to have a certified trainer on staff to do the training. IDEA provides train-the-trainer sessions for certification of trainers.
  12. The materials we're using are outdated. Can you provide contact information for approved curricula or updated materials?

    As the panel approves curricula, contact information for approved curricula holders will be listed on this website under the heading of "Approved Curricula." Some providers are willing to share or sell their curricula. The website lists contact information for those providers under "Curricula Available at No Charge or at Cost". The "Resource" section provides links to updated information about abuse.

  13. If our facility chooses to use a panel-approved curriculum, do we need to submit an application to the panel for approval?

    Yes, you will need to submit an application for the use of an already-approved curriculum.

    • The application form is on this web page under the heading "Application for Use of Already- Approved Curriculum."
    • You will need to submit the application to the contact person for the curriculum you want to use.
    • By signing, the contact person is stating that the curriculum is up-to-date and they are approving its use.
    • Once signed by the contact person, the application can be submitted to the panel.
  14. What information must be included on the certificate of completion, that is given to training participants?

    There are no requirements to give participants a certificate. However, several licensing agencies have begun to audit training records and are looking for proof of attendance. The panel suggests that certificates of completion should include the following:

    • the type of training received (child abuse, dependent adult abuse, or combined);
    • the number of hours of training;
    • where and when the training was held;
    • the name of the presenter;
    • the approval number; and
    • the date that the curriculum was approved or renewed by the panel.

    Example: Iowa Department of Public Health approval number ____, approved or renewed _____.

  15. When must an approved curriculum be renewed?

    Curricula are approved for three (3) years. A renewal notice is sent from the Abuse Education Review Panel within approximately 90 days of the end of the three-year approval period. The renewal process is posted on the website under the heading "Renewal Process". While curricula are approved for three years, mandatory reporters need only to receive training within six (6) months of initial employment and every five (5) years after the initial training.

  16. Are there any other guidelines?

    The panel suggests that materials developed by approved curriculum holders or materials used to promote or sell approved curricula should include a statement that the curriculum is approved by the Iowa Department of Public Health Abuse Education Review Panel. Such materials should also include the curriculum approval number and approval date.


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