Do you think you have confidentiality as a mandated reporter? Think again. We were confronted today by a screaming parent, threatening to sue us, because CPS had told her exactly what we had said, and even gave her a written report with our names!!!! It was an ugly, ugly situation. When I called the worker to say, "what the heck" she said we had assumed confidentiality she never told us we had. When I said we were mandated reporters so we had to answer the questions she asked us during our interviews, she said it was part of a court case (which she hadn't told us) so it was open record for the judge and defendants. The report even had our words in quotations marks, like direct quotes, even when she wasn't taking notes when she interviewed us. She also didn't mention any of the positive things we said, only the negative. I then talked to her supervisor who said the worker was trained to tell us it wasn't confidentail because we weren't the primary reporters. We were corollary witnesses during an investigation so we had no protection of confidentiality. She was sure her worker had told us that and we just didn't understand. Hell, no for all 7 of us! I asked her why the heck any teacher would cooperate with an investigation if we had no protection and she said it was our responsibility to protect children. What about protecting us from the crazy person who confronted us today? What about protecting our families? What about the fact I would never want to cooperate with a CPS worker again if they don't respect my confidentiality? Supposedly our owner finally talked to the supervisor's boss who said the worker had violated the law (too late now!) by not telling us we didn't have confidentiality and she would be reprimanded (big whoop!). I am going to follow-up with this because I want to know exactly what protections I have (obviously not as many as I thought I had). I have taken the mandated reporting class and they never told us anything like this. What are your thoughts? How do you think I should proceed?