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Webinar: An Ethical Approach to Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect

Capacity building event

Price: Free for members, and their staff/volunteers/board; $35/Non-members

An Ethical Approach to Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect

Working as an advocate, social worker, or front-line victim service provider, it can be tricky to find a balance between:

  • Respecting the autonomy of violence survivors,
  • Following both the law on mandatory reporting and the law on confidentiality, and
  • Feeling that your actions promote well-being, and minimize harm

But, in order to do our best work, we must find that balance and seek understanding of the system so that we can advocate to improve it. This 90-minute session is designed to give staff at anti-violence programs the tools that they need to find the balance for themselves.


Alicia Aiken
Alicia Aiken has dedicated 25 years to working within the public and non-profit sectors to further social justice for people living in poverty and surviving violence. Alicia brings a deep understanding of the legal and social services non-profit sector, having spent 15 years as a trial attorney and then a member of the Executive Committee at Legal Aid Chicago, a 150-person legal services program.

Alicia is a Principal at the Danu Center for Strategic Advocacy, and the Director of the Danu Center’s Confidentiality Institute, a national policy and technical assistance project that supports helping professionals to protect privacy for crime victims. Alicia is also the Faculty Fellow for Practising Law Institute’s Interactive Learning Center where she designs innovative programs that teach lawyers to work well with individual clients, and hosts the podcast Pursuing Justice: The Pro Bono Files which tell stories about the work of non-profit and pro bono attorneys nationwide. Alicia regularly strategizes with direct service non-profits, local coalitions, government entities, law firms, and professional organizations on a wide range of issues, including service delivery models, client confidentiality, organizational structure, internal procedures, legal compliance, litigation strategy, policy advocacy, professional development, and distance learning design.

Alicia attended the University of Michigan, where she received a Law degree (’95) and a Bachelor of Arts in English/History (’92). In 2006-2007, Alicia was awarded the Chicago Foundation for Women Founder’s Award, enabling her to study organizational change at Northwestern University, and to undertake a national study of model domestic violence courts. Most recently, she received the American Bar Association’s 2018 Sharon L. Corbitt Award for Exemplary Legal Service to Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking.

To get in touch with Alicia Aiken and Danu Center’s Confidentiality Institute, contact us via or

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