Is It Legally Required To Report Suspicion Of Child Abuse?

Any person may report child abuse or neglect. An exception is any communication that is considered under law to be privileged, such as in an attorney­client relationship. Every state has statutes, which identify mandatory reporters of child abuse. All professionals who work with children are included. Doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, dentists, medical examiners, and coroners are mandatory reporters. Mental health professionals and social workers are as well. Additionally, school personnel, law enforcement officials, and childcare providers are mandatory reporters. In some states, any person who suspects child abuse or neglect is required to report it.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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